Hackers are to be employed to test the effectiveness of the IT security defences for the computer systems in the House of Commons, home of the British parliament. A three-year IT security contract is up for grabs to conduct internal and external penetration testing on routers, firewalls and critical servers using a range of independent vulnerability assessment techniques.
The winning contractor will be required to carry out the tests at least twice a year. The House of Commons is also looking to buy an intrusion prevention system--a combination of intrusion detection software and a firewall--to reduce the risk of denial-of-service attacks, virus outbreaks and Trojan horses.
Andy McCue of Silicon.com reported from London.