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Inside the Mind of a Hacker 2.0

Posted by Sam Houston on Nov 14, 2017 6:03:00 AM

Last year, we launched the Inside the Mind of a Hacker report, sharing insights into the distinct profiles and stories, gathered from the Bugcrowd researcher community. Today we’re launching our second iteration on this, Inside the Mind of a Hacker 2.0, diving deeper into the collective power and intelligence the bug bounty community brings to the war on bugs.

The stakes have never been greater, it seems. Breaches and attacks from independent actors or nation states have increased in number and their impact can be felt by all. At Bugcrowd, we’ve built a community of more than 65,000 security researchers and white-hat hackers that is helping organizations around the globe increase their defenses by finding and resolving security vulnerabilities at break-neck speed.

We encourage our customers to treat the researcher community as partners in their bug bounty’s success. At Bugcrowd, we help guide our customers on how they can best attract and engage the researchers best fit their unique set of needs and requirements. The Inside the Mind of a Hacker 2.0 report arms you with information that can be used to create an engaging and rewarding bounty program for all involved.

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Many of our most successful bounties have built strong relationships with the researcher community. Highly engaged researchers tend to continue to hack on a particular bounty, finding deeper security issues and providing direct feedback to the customer. This partnership “of sorts” results in a more secure customer and a researcher who feels well-rewarded both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Our new report will help you understand the various motivators at play in the researcher community and how best to engage the researchers you need.In addition to this year’s report, we’ve released two profile interviews with a couple of Bugcrowd’s top researchers. Watch our interviews with Darkarnium and Matt Layton to learn how they got started and what drives them to be part of our top researchers.

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To the Bugcrowd community members reading this, I encourage you to check out the report and tweet at @Bugcrowd which researcher profile type best fits you. I’d love to read your responses! Many thanks to Bugcrowd’s community members, as you’ve once again helped us create this report through your survey responses earlier this year. It continues to be a pleasure and an honor to serve the community every day.

 

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Sam Houston

Written by Sam Houston

Senior Community Manager at Bugcrowd. Sam's passionate about working to foster the best researcher community on the web. Prior to joining the security industry Sam worked for Couchsurfing, Electronic Arts, Playfish, and gamerDNA.