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Topic: Researcher Resources

How to Earn Your Way Onto a Private Bounty Program

We are consistently asked “How Do I Earn Private Program Invitations?”
Hands down, this is our most commonly asked question from members of our Crowd, so we want to take this opportunity to reemphasize the most important information to keep an eye on if you’re looking to get invited to a private program.

Since 2015, we have consistently used the following performance and activity markers (+ any required technical skills!) to choose our program participants. The criteria we continue to use to determine invites:

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Car Hacking in the Cloud (for Cheap) at DEF CON, Part 2

Last month, we wrote an introductory overview of our experience running the second annual Car Hacking Village CTF infrastructure at DEF CON 25. Most notably, our use of Zappa to deploy Flask-based CTFd on AWS Lambda and API Gateway resulted in a $1.50 bill for the entire month of July (excluding database instances), while providing a number of operational advantages over last year’s traditional infrastructure.

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Introducing the Bugcrowd Researcher Advisory Council

In celebration of its upcoming one year anniversary, we are thrilled to formally announce the Bugcrowd Researcher Council. Begun as a pilot program in November of 2016, Bugcrowd’s Researcher Success Team identified 5 Researchers to invite to a special kind of pilot feedback program; since then, the program has grown 200% and the Council members have given their valuable feedback on a variety of implemented improvements, including the Researcher Dashboard and the current ongoing improvements to tokenized search.

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It Really Does Take A Crowd; LevelUp Recap

In the past year we’ve seen the Bugcrowd community more than double to more than 60,000 researchers, up from 26,782 at the beginning of 2016. With this growth comes the increasing responsibility to educate and foster the professional growth that our researchers seek every day.

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