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Posts by David Baker

The Uber Breach: Extortion Does Not Equal Bug Bounty

The bug bounty market is growing quickly. While an increasing number of organizations are embracing the concept, there still remains some confusion and ambiguity around paying hackers for vulnerabilities. Events like recently disclosed Uber breach illustrate this confusion. I’ll take this opportunity to clarify and define this rapidly evolving market.

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Why You Can’t Ignore the Economics of a Bug Bounty

It’s common knowledge that the security industry has been facing a massive shortage of resources. Add the fact that companies are accelerating their cloud presence and growing an API ecosystem of their own. CISOs are up-leveling their security strategy by adding bug bounty programs to their toolbox.  

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Evaluating the Business Impact of Software Vulnerabilities

Google recently announced that the company has raised its top reward for remote code execution bugs in its Google, Blogger and YouTube domains by 50 percent, saying “Because high-severity vulnerabilities have become harder to identify over the years, researchers have needed more time to find them. We want to demonstrate our appreciation for the significant time researchers dedicate to our program.”

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Beginning my Bugcrowd Journey

Bugcrowd Appoints David Baker As Vice President Of Operations

Today, as I embark on a new journey with Bugcrowd, I reflect on the most common question I have heard: “why leave Okta?”  It’s a good question. I am honored to have served as the Chief Security Officer at Okta, building a world-class security program for a truly innovative company. Moreover, the ride at Okta was meteoric and I know they will continue on their path to world domination. But now, it’s time for disruption. To be more specific, the opportunity to completely change the information security industry. That is where Bugcrowd is going – and that train is leaving the station with me on it.

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