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Netherlands offers guidelines to work with hactivists
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 04:08:05 -0600 (CST)
By Loek Essers
Jan 6, 2013
The Dutch government's cyber security center has published guidelines
that it hopes will encourage ethical hackers to disclose security
vulnerabilities in a responsible way.
"Persons who report an IT vulnerability have an important social
responsibility," the Dutch ministry of Security and Justice said on
Thursday, announcing guidelines for ethical hacking that were published
by the country's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC).
White-hat hackers and security researchers play an important role in
securing IT systems by finding vulnerabilities, the NCSC said. However,
the center maintained that security researchers are sometimes reluctant
to disclose vulnerabilities to companies, instead using media outlets to
announce vulnerabilities, which is an undesirable practice because it
exposes a hole before it is fixed. (See also "'Audacious' Hactivists
Make Social Statement, Scholar Says.")
With the guide, the government wants to provide organizations with a
framework to create their own policies on responsible disclosure. Ivo
Opstelten, Minister of Security and Justice, plans to encourage a wide
use of the responsible disclosure guidelines within the government, he
said in a letter sent to the parliament.
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