The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was so impressed with the Department of Defense's (DoD) recently completed Hack the Pentagon program that HHS is looking for a way to implement it.

Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer at HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said such a program would have to be altered somewhat to meet the stringent privacy requirements in the healthcare field, according to The Federal Times.

“I think that this is a technique that has been found highly valuable in the rest of industry,” she said. “One of the things we are thinking about is how to get this to take root as a security hygiene process within the health care system.”

Ethical hackers found 138 vulnerabilities in DoD websites in a pilot program, which ran from April 18 to May 12.