Thursday, March 03, 2016
The Pentagon is getting with the times when it comes to sponsoring hackathons of its networks. The military has recognized that it is better to co-opt hackers rather than clean up the mess after they have invaded its systems. Corporations have been offering "bug bounties" for some time but the Pentagon's invitation to hackers is the first time the Federal government is trying it. Other Federal agencies are watching and could sponsor the same style of hackathon in the future. It's smart thinking. Hackers have already stolen government records, tax documents and other sensitive information. It is better to close doors they have discovered than to fight them every step of the way. Hackers are doing the government a favor by breaking in with the government's blessing. It's good PR to work with them rather than against them.