The mission of the DoD VDP is to function as the single focal point for receiving vulnerability reports and interacting with crowd-sourced cybersecurity researchers supporting the DoDIN.1 This improves network defenses and enhances mission assurance by embracing a previously overlooked, yet indispensable, resource: private-sector white hat researchers. In January 2021, the DoD VDP scope was officially expanded from public-facing websites to all publicly accessible information systems throughout the DoD. This broadens the protection for the DoD attack surface and offers a safe harbor for researchers while providing more asset and technology security. The success of the program relies solely on the expertise and support of the security researcher community, and the program’s success contributes to the overall security of the DoD.
DoDIN information technologies, services, and systems provide critical capabilities to all military service members, their families, veterans, DoD civilians, and contractors. Ultimately, VDP will drive an increase in the cyber hygiene of the DoDIN, with the objective of ensuring that the DoD can accomplish its mission of defending the United States of America.
1 DODI 8531.01 DoD Vulnerability Management Section. 2.11
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