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8/3/2017
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DoJ Launches Framework for Vulnerability Disclosure Programs

The Department of Justice releases a set of guidelines to help businesses create programs for releasing vulnerabilities.

The US Department of Justice has released a framework to help businesses develop formal vulnerability disclosure programs. More businesses are adopting vulnerability disclosure programs to better detect security problems that could lead to data compromise and disruption.

Some informally accept vulnerability reports with no structured process; others have formal programs with policies to dictate how they accept vulnerabilities and share the information with those affected. These policies may also include authorized methods for finding flaws in a business' systems, services, and products.

The framework, created by the Criminal Division's Cybersecurity Unit, provides a process for designing and administering a program, as well as a set of considerations that could help inform vulnerability disclosure policies. It doesn't specify the goals and structure for these programs as every business has different goals and priorities.

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Christian Bryant,
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8/4/2017 | 5:01:00 PM
HackerOne, et al and the DoJ
I believe this could be the start of a powerful nationwide infrastructure that could not only lead to quick closure of vulnerabilities but also to an interactive database accessible to an "invisible" AI that could help predict potential vulnerabilities and see them closed before they are even found.  However, to achieve such a goal various levels of access are going to be required into all systems of the organizations who participate.  Then the question in terms of regulatory-related vulnerabilities may arise in terms of organizations realizing they have no choice but to participate once the infrastructure is fully operational.  It also makes one wonder what the future of bug bounty and vulnerability coordination orgs like HackerOne will be.  The groups are often siloed in their own way and there is no useful connection between extant databases to achieve anything along the lines of a predictive and self-defending AI.
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