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Report: Feds Mull Bug Bounty Contest for Medical Devices

In-brief: Following the success of the Hack the Pentagon bug bounty program, officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are considering launching a similar program aimed at medical devices and other healthcare systems. 

GAO Warns On Cost, Danger of Prehistoric Tech

In-brief: The U.S. Government spends the lion’s share of its IT budget maintaining legacy technology, some of it 30 and 40 years old. That trend is getting worse and depressing investment in newer technology, a report by the Government Accountability Office warns. 

Obama Proposes Federal CISO, Huge InfoSec Boost

  In-brief: President Barack Obama highlighted cyber security as a top policy priority in the final budget proposal of his presidency, seeking a massive expansion in funding for federal information security and the creation of a new federal chief information security officer (CISO).

Backdoor Account Found In Hardware Sold to Whitehouse, Pentagon

In-brief: A firm that sells secure conferencing equipment to the U.S. government and military has acknowledged that it shipped software for the device that contained an undocumented “backdoor” account.

Firm: Two iOS Exploits Could Qualify for $1 Million Bounty

In-brief: One team qualified for the $1 million bounty for a working, remote exploit or jailbreak for devices running Apples iOS 9 operating system, according to the security firm Zerodium. A second may also qualify for at least a partial bounty. However, Apple may only be informed of the holes at a later date.