Pence puts off China speech sequel ahead of Trump-Xi talks

Reuters | June 21, 2019

Pence puts off China speech sequel ahead of Trump-Xi talks
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called off a planned China speech that had been cast as a sequel to a blistering broadside he delivered in October to avoid exacerbating tensions with Beijing before summit talks next week a White House official said. The decision to put off the Monday speech came ahead of what could be a pivotal meeting on the U.S. China trade war between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Osaka Japan next week. The two nations have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each others goods and the Trump Xi meeting is aimed at discussing whether a further escalation can be avoided.

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HackerOne | January 07, 2021

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Hack the Army is one illustration of the Army and DoD's ability to seek after imaginative and nontraditional ways to deal with guarantee the capacity and security of individuals, organizations, and information. "Bug bounty programs are a unique and effective 'force multiplier' for safeguarding critical Army networks, systems and data, and build on the efforts of our Army and DoD security professionals," said Brig. Gen. Adam C. Volant, U.S. Army Cyber Command Director of Operations. "By 'crowdsourcing' solutions with the help of the world's best military and civilian ethical hackers, we complement our existing security measures and provide an additional means to identify and fix vulnerabilities. Hack the Army 3.0 builds upon the successes and lessons of our prior bug bounty programs." “We are proud of our continued partnership with the Army to challenge the status quo in strengthening the security of military systems and shifting government culture by engaging ethical hackers to address vulnerabilities,” says Brett Goldstein, Director, Defense Digital Service. “We’re calling on civilian and military hackers to show us what they’ve got in this bug bounty and to help train the future force.” Participation in the Hack the Army 3.0 bug abundance challenge is open by greeting just to regular citizen programmers and dynamic U.S. military individuals. Bug bounties might be offered to regular citizen programmers for substantial security weaknesses as indicated by the program strategy. Military and temporary worker staff are not qualified to get monetary prizes. “We are living in a different world today than even just a year ago,” said Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. “Amidst disinformation and a global health crisis, citizens are increasingly wary of how, when, and where their information is used. For years, the U.S. Department of Defense and respective military branches have successfully strengthened their cybersecurity posture and protected precious data by enlisting the help of ethical hackers on HackerOne. Years later, hacker-powered security is not only a best practice in the US military, but it is now a mandated requirement among civilian federal agencies. There is only one way to secure our connected society, together, and the U.S. Army is leading the charge with this latest challenge.” DDS has been a harbinger in programmer fueled security testing since the time the dispatch of "Hack the Pentagon" in 2016. DDS's Hack the Pentagon group has executed 14 public bounties on outside confronting sites and applications, and ten private bounties on a scope of delicate, inside frameworks in the U.S. Branch of Defense (DoD). Instances of past private bounties incorporate coordinations frameworks, actual equipment, and faculty frameworks. In partnership with DDS, HackerOne has launched more federal programs than any other hacker-powered security provider and is the only bug bounty platform that is FedRAMP authorized. Previous bug bounty challenges and results include: Hack the Pentagon, Hack the Army, Hack the Air Force, Hack the Air Force 2.0, Hack the Defense Travel System, Hack the Army 2.0, Hack the Air Force 3.0, Hack the Air Force 4.0, Hack the Proxy and Hack the Marine Corps. DDS also launched a Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) for the DoD in 2016, which is now one of the most successful programs of its kind with hackers reporting over 20,000 security vulnerabilities to date. 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Geospark Analytics | September 07, 2020

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OpenGov | June 24, 2021

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