Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
Crowdsourced security startup Bugcrowd today announced testers participating in its bug bounty programs will for the first time be able to earn professional development credits recognised by the International Information Systems Certification Consortium (ISC)2® for its CISSP® accreditation.
“To our knowledge, this is the first time security professionals have been able to build their professional qualifications while helping to identify and report security issues in a crowdsourced security community ,” said Casey Ellis, Bugcrowd’s co-founder and CEO.
“Bug bounties are used by brands such as Google, Facebook and PayPal to uncover security flaws in their systems, but bug bounties are impossible for companies without the audience reach of these large brands, because they can’t recruit the testers they need.”
In a bug bounty program, testers compete with each other to be the first to identify security flaws in a web application, the kind of issues that result in the loss of sensitive customer and business information, such as credit card details and logins.
“This announcement is another validation that our fast-growing security testing community is being recognised for rapid, high-quality, professional security work,” Ellis said.
“Bugcrowd has a novel approach to the problem of recruiting security testers,” said Wim Remes, (ISC)2® board member.
"I'm excited to see security professionals getting engaged in Bugcrowd campaigns for a wide range of customers. I'm convinced that the combination of educational opportunities for skilled professionals and Bugcrowd's commitment to providing a high-quality and secure testing environment for their clients will yield benefits for all involved,” Remes said.
Jeremiah Grossman, founder and CTO of industry leading web security firm WhiteHat Security, said he was confident Bugcrowd could leverage CISSP® accreditation to continue growing and exciting security testers in the community.
“Just about any organisation with web-facing applications may benefit from offering a bug bounty program. Bugcrowd makes deploying such programs easy and accessible to businesses of any shape and size. The CISSP® accreditation enables Bugcrowd to reward the security testers above and beyond just money,” Grossman said.
The CISSP® (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) accreditation is globally recognised as a standard of achievement that confirms a professional’s knowledge and experience in managing information security. Professionals earn and maintain their CISSP® accreditation by accruing a required number of CPE® (Continuing Professional Education) credits each year.
About the (ISC)2
Headquartered in the United States and with offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2®, is the global, not-for-profit leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers. For more information see https://www.isc2.org
Established in 2011 by co-founders Casey Ellis and Serg Belokamen, Bugcrowd makes bug bounty security testing accessible to organisations of all sizes. Accepted into the Startmate 2013 startup incubator, Bugcrowd’s rapidly-growing customer list includes many well-known brands. Bugcrowd is preparing for an initial capital raising from angel investors, and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA with a development and community team based in Sydney, Australia.
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