Pentagon contractors go looking for software flaws as foreign hacking threats loom

The goal of the “Vulnerability Disclosure Program” (VDP) is to find and fix flaws in the email programs, mobile devices and industrial software used by Pentagon contractors before malicious hackers can take advantage of the vulnerabilities.

“We really wanted to focus on those smaller defense contractors that may not have all the budgets and resources,” said Melissa Vice, interim director of the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center’s DOD Vulnerability Disclosure Program. The Pentagon declined to identify the participating contractors, or the exact software that was probed.

VDPs, in which vetted cyber specialists scour systems for flaws and report them