The new Hack the Air Force contest builds on the Defense Department's Hack the Pentagon bug bounty effort by opening the contest to security specialists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, in addition to contestants from the US.
Payouts for Hack the Air Force will be made based on the severity of the exploit discovered, and there will be only one payout per exploit.
Staley notes that the DoD's Hack the Pentagon initiative, which was launched in April 2016 by the Defense Digital Service, was the federal government's first bug bounty program.
"In the past, we contracted to a security research firm and they found less than 20 unique vulnerabilities," Staley explains.
"For Hack the Pentagon, the 1,400 hackers found 138 unique vulnerabilities, most of them previously unknown." Kim says Hack the Air Force is all about being more proactive in finding security flaws and fixing them quickly.