What is Bugcrowd?

Simply, Bugcrowd is a multi-solution, crowdsourced security platform. We work with members of the crowd to help secure a wide variety of organizations around the world via pen testing, vulnerability disclosure programs, bug bounties, and more. Crowd members make up a wide range of individuals, all with different backgrounds and skill levels from IT professionals, to students, to security engineers, to experienced hackers, to those just starting out in the cybersecurity industry. And we have no shortage of targets including Web, API, iOS, Android, Automotive, Binary Apps, standardized bug rating (VRT), and a superb support team dedicated to you. 

Security risks have never been higher in today’s culture. Bugcrowd seamlessly connects ethical security hackers with customers in need, resulting in high rewards, a winning experience, and a more secure online ecosystem. 

Hacking Opportunities at Bugcrowd

No matter your skill level, interests or ambition, there’s something for everyone at Bugcrowd. Are you looking to hack and earn top dollar rewards? A safe community to fine tune and up your skills? Or maybe you’re interested in building a network and finding career opportunities? 

However you show up, Bugcrowd has you covered. Read on to learn more about what we offer:

Bug Bounty

We have a plethora of Bug Bounty programs to choose from, ranging from public to private. Check out our programs list for more details regarding rewards, scope, activity and much more.


Some of our programs follow a Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) framework. If you’re new to bug bounty or want to add to your skills resume, this is a great place to get started!

Private Programs

Some Bug Bounty programs are private and require an invite to join. To learn more about how to consistently receive Private Program Invites, read this quick article!

Keep in mind, the minimum criteria to qualify for private programs are

Joinable and Waitlisted Opportunities

Private programs are a great way to earn some serious rewards. When a company wants to limit activity on their program, they’ll run a private program. Their reasons vary, but no matter what, it’s an opportunity for you! Our private programs fall under Waitlisted and Joinable. Get started by self-joining a Joinable program if you meet the requirements. Our Waitlisted program is under construction, so stay tuned! 

Penetration Tests

Pen tests have three defining characteristics: they are performed by external testers, are typically time bound, and usually follow a testing methodology. What’s unique about Bugcrowd Pen Tests is that they’re powered by our SaaS-based platform. Meaning, we expertly match you with an organization that fits your unique skills. Enjoy methodology-driven testing and lucrative incentives.

Why Should YOU Hack on Bugcrowd?

There are endless reasons to hunt on Bugcrowd. We provide ample opportunities and support to grow your skills while getting you paid for your efforts. But as we said, it’s not just a crowd, it’s a community. And the community at Bugcrowd shines. 

When you sign up to hunt with Bugcrowd, you sign up for a community determined to see you succeed. Internally, our triage team works to ensure your submissions are handled with speed and accuracy. You can expect quick reward payments and encouraging communication from our team to you. 

Expect the best triage experience in the industry at Bugcrowd. Not only does our in-house triage team consist of actual hackers just like you, but they offer a consistent Vulnerability Rating Taxonomy and guided submission templates to assist you along your journey. Best of all; we have the fastest triage times in the industry, even at Log4J scale. That means quick responses and even faster rewards for you. 

We value your trust. We handle your submissions with honesty and we relay customer communications with transparency. That’s why we offer our Make-It-Right policy. Our Make-It Right-policy guarantees your effort is not lost due to misalignment between parties involved . No matter what level you’re at when you join, you’ll find kindness, knowledge and a willingness to support your journey as a hacker. 

Getting Started is Easy

Eager to get started? Run, don’t walk, to set up your researcher portal. Hurry to set up your profile so our CrowdMatch technology can start learning about you right away. Poke around CrowdStream and our Programs Page to start hacking. VDPs are also a safe place to start. With the right background, you could also jump into our Waitlisted or Joinable programs. Or head straight into any one of our public Bug Bounty programs. For an in-depth look into all that Bugcrowd has to offer, check out our comprehensive guide

Final Thoughts

There are many reasons to hack on Bugcrowd.  A diverse crowd, abundant opportunities, networking, career growth  and amazingly supportive community, just to name a few. At Bugcrowd, it’s not just a crowd, it’s a community. Don’t take our word for it. Join our Bugcrowd Twitter and Discord community to connect with thousands of other hackers just like you. If you have any questions, drop us a line at support@bugcrowd.com