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Bug bounty programs: what, why, and how

In this digital day and age, every business is exposed to the risk of being hacked by cybercriminals. Running bug bounty programs is a very good and (cost) efficient way to prevent this from happening. Read on and learn what a bug bounty program is, why you should run bug bounty programs and how to start one. And don’t forget to download our whitepaper on the subject.

What is a bug bounty program?

A bug bounty program is a competition in which researchers are invited to look for and disclose weaknesses in online or network environments. For each bug found, the hacker receives a prize (bounty) based on the severity of the weakness. There are two categories of bug bounty programs: public and private. Public bug bounty programs are open to everyone, while private programs require organisations to invite hackers to participate. Download our whitepaper to learn which type of program yields the best results.

Bug bounty programs offer a continuous way to test your system, regardless of how fast you release software

Why should I run bug bounty programs?

In the last decade alone, the pattern of software releases has changed dramatically. Ten years ago, software updates and new programs were released a few times a year, which was coupled with heavy testing before release and drawn-out release schedules. Now, software is released almost continuously. This is great for business and boosts company responsiveness, but it can leave software not fully tested and thus vulnerable. Bug bounty programs are a solution for this because they offer a continuous way to test your system, regardless of how fast you release software. This is only one of many answers to the ‘why’ question, and you’ll find the rest of them in the whitepaper we mentioned earlier.

How do I start a bug bounty program?

Good question. We’ll answer it in our next blog, so stay tuned. Can’t wait to learn more about the subject? Then download our bug bounty whitepaper now. It’ll give you all the information you need, and it’ll tell you how to start your own bug bounty program - and how we can help you with that.

PS: If you want to talk to one of our experts about bug bounty programs, call us on +31 20 261 67 43 or email us at

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Written by Zerocopter

March 1, 2021

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