In today's ever-evolving digital landscape, the battle to safeguard sensitive data and digital assets is an ongoing challenge. As we meet with prospects and discuss how they can enhance their cybersecurity with continuous vulnerability scanning, we regularly hear organisations are using bug bounty programs as a cornerstone of their security strategy.
Although bug bounty programs can deliver good results and form part of your cybersecurity strategy, it also has multiple drawbacks. In this blog post, we'll delve into the nuances of continuous vulnerability scanning and bug bounty programs, comparing their strengths and limitations.
A bug bounty program, also known as a vulnerability rewards program (VRP), offers rewards to individuals for uncovering and reporting software bugs. As part of a vulnerability management strategy, these crowdsourcing initiatives are often used by companies to supplement penetration tests and internal code audits.
Bug bounty programs authorise independent security experts to report bugs to a company in exchange for rewards or compensation. These bugs can include security exploits, vulnerabilities, process issues, hardware flaws, etc.
Our HIO (hackurity Intelligent Solutions) Engine starts as a vulnerability scanner on an automated renumeration loop. It continuously scans your IT infrastructure searching for vulnerabilities. When it finds a vulnerability, it will actively exploit it, as an automated and targeted pen test. This methodology allows us to simulate real-world attack scenarios to ascertain the extent of the risk to your business. Here's why this fusion is potent:
Although bug bounty programs can be a great part of your overall cybersecurity strategy, they should not be your only solution. Bug bounty programs have too many drawbacks to fully rely on it for your security. The lack of control of the overall program is the main drawback. You put your trust and control in the hands of a wide range of, perhaps so-called, experts who will scan and attack your IT infrastructure. Responsibly disclosing the vulnerabilities they found to you is in most cases less profitable than selling these on the Dark web. Therefore, you must have plenty of other safeguards in place to counter that risk.
These are risks that can be mitigated through continuous vulnerability scanning and pen testing, using expert and reliable vendors or partners. The HIO Engine is a full attack simulation tool, which runs daily and provides clear, realtime insights in your security position. Your IT infrastructure evolves every day, hence continuous testing is the new standard. We’ve wrote about this in a previous blog.
Cybersecurity involves the protection of some of your business’ most valuable (digital) assets and information. Data on your customers, employees and your intellectual property are invaluable. Choosing the right security tools and partners is therefore essential, you must be able to fully trust them and their solutions.
Hackurity.io is redefining cybersecurity through our innovative, automated and powerful cyber security and attack simulation tools. Taking a unique outside in approach, our solutions are designed to replicate real hacker attacks to find and fix vulnerabilities before hackers do. Focused on prevention, we significantly reduce the chance of a successful cyber attack on any business.
Founded in 2021, hackurity.io has the dream and mission to make being connected to the internet safer for all businesses and ultimately for our next generations. Headquartered in The Netherlands, hackurity.io offers its world class cybersecurity solutions to businesses around the world.
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