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What Is A Bug Bounty Program And Why Every Organization Needs One?



Bug Bounty

What Is A Bug Bounty Program?

A Bug bounty program is also known as vulnerability rewards program (VRP) is the one where security researchers can disclose vulnerabilities and can receive recognition and compensation for reporting bugs.

The threat to business from Cybercrime has never been greater and we see headlines almost every week pertaining to a breach of an organization’s system or site. As Cisco Chairman John Chambers remarked ‘There are two sorts of organization, the individuals who have been hacked and the individuals who don’t know they have been hacked.

It is not just leading companies in the public eye which are targeted by hackers. Surveys available in the public domain states that 90% of larger organizations and 74% of SMEs has undergone a security breach in the last 12 months.

You can’t do anything about hackers or companies with inadequate or misconfigured security. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood of malicious hackers gaining access to your digital assets, accounts, and minimize the impact if they do. Bug Bounty is an effective way to address security concerns of the organization.To Secure your Company.

Bug bounty program should be part of every organization’s penetration testing plan. It provides them an opportunity to engage with a worldwide community of diverse ethical talent pool who wants to help your organization to build a secure application in return for rewards and recognition.

Leading organization such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Uber, and much more run their own bug bounty programs. In 2016, Google has paid out $3 millionFacebook has paid as much as $33k for a single bug report. In 2016, Apple announced a reward of $200,000 for a flaw in the iOS secure boot firmware components and up to $50,000 for execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges or unauthorized iCloud access.

Also Read Web Application Penetration Testing Checklist – A Detailed Cheat Sheet



Internal Penetration Testing vs. Bug Bounty

Bug Bounty platform consists of security engineers, programmers, Penetration testers and other professionals, so the bug bounty platform will be more fast and successful in exploring vulnerabilities. It is a free-for-all contest were thousands of professionals with hacker’s eye test your applications.

Internal penetration testing will follow a certain methodology which is not adequate for a successful penetration testing. It is necessary to consider the absolute power of the crowd.Penetration testing projects will take weeks or months at the same time in bug bounty platform uncovers a lot of vulnerabilities.To Sign up as a researcher

It is suitable for organizations of all sizes. Here are few reasons why every organization needs one:

To secure application

Research says 80% of all web applications and mobile applications contains security loopholes. Most organizations don’t realize this and they get vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyberattacks lead to the loss of reputation, brand equity, business continuity, loss of revenue, and customer trust. Every organization should strive to avoid critical bugs in their application.

Not having enough resources to manage bug bounty program

Most of the organization don’t have enough security researchers to launch and manage a bug bounty program or have their applications tested against critical vulnerabilities. Bug bounty platforms provide access to talents, offers services like bug triaging, bug report validation, managing bounty setting, and payments. Bounty programs take the hassle away so that organizations can concentrate on their core strengths.

Building a culture of security consciousness

Safehats bug bounty program provides access to Safehats community where industry experts, security researchers, and technical vendors share their knowledge on enhancing security and become cyber-resilient.

We would love to hear back from you, contact us for a free trial at [email protected] to launch Bug Bounty program for your enterprises.



Source : GBHackers



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