DoD ‘Hack the Pentagon’ competition

Daily News Article - March 4, 2016


1. Match the following words from the article with their definition. (Write the word in the blank next to its definition):

hacker -- crowdsourcing -- pilot program -- vet -- breach -- vulnerability -- cyber security -- expertise

a) _______________ small-scale, short-term experiment that helps an organization learn how a large-scale project might work in practice

b) _______________ measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack

c) _______________ an occurrence in which someone is able to get into a place that is guarded or is able to get secret information

d) _______________ investigate (someone) thoroughly, especially in order to ensure that they are suitable for a job requiring secrecy, loyalty, or trustworthiness

e) _______________ degree to which (someone) or something is susceptible to harm

f) _______________ obtain (information or input into a particular task or project) by enlisting the services of a number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet

g) _______________ expert skill or knowledge in a particular field

h) _______________ a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data; a person who illegally gains access to and sometimes tampers with information in a computer system

2. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

3. What is the significance of this DoD program?

4. a) How does Secretary of Defense Ash Carter describe the program?
b) What outcome would he like to see? (What is the aim of the Hack the Pentagon program?)

5. a) What will the vetted hackers do?
b) What will they receive for their efforts?

6. Why is Secretary Carter initiating this program?

7. What drawbacks could there possibly be to this program? Explain your answer.