The DOD pays for all security researchers who find the vulnerability, and the agency intends to use it to identify more security issues and use the project to develop further crowdsourcing security policies.
Hack the Pentagon is DOD's first federal vulnerability award program launched in 2016, followed by the Vulnerability Disclosure Policy project, which allows security researchers to detect and discover vulnerabilities for Internet systems.
After the launch of the Hack the Pentagon, DOD has received thousands of security vulnerability reports, which allows them to patch the vulnerabilities in time to reduce the number of attacks against the public system.
Chris Lynch, Director of Digital Services at DOD, said: "Founding innovative ways to identify vulnerabilities and enhance security has never been more important."
According to a statement from the Department of Defense, Bugcrowd, HackerOne, and Synack are three private hacker platforms and communities under the new federal contract. These three platforms are now part of the DOD expansion project, which will enable DOD to evaluate a wider range of assets such as hardware and physical systems.