Earlier today we held the First Annual Buggy Awards hosted by our CEO and Founder Casey Ellis, our Director of Customer Success Abby Mulligan, and our Sr. Director of Researcher Operations Kymberlee Price. The aim of these awards was to honor the top bug hunters and companies running bounty programs in 2015. These two groups of people are essential to our company success and are advancing the bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure space.
My favorite thing about going to conferences is establishing the underlying trends behind the questions I’m asked. We’re only half-way through RSAC/BSides week, and already the dominant question is clear:
When is the government going to start a bug bounty program?
Here’s my answer:
The government has no choice but to adopt a crowdsourced model for vulnerability discovery, it’s more a question of when will the pain of staying the same exceed the pain of change.
Time for the first Hall of Fame announcement of 2016! Big recognition goes to hydrantlabs, who topped the January leaderboard with 280 points earned through multiple P1 and P2 submissions.