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Private, Public, or Hybrid? Finding the Right Fit in a Bug Bounty Program

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Private, Public, or Hybrid? Finding the Right Fit in a Bug Bounty ProgramHow can a bug bounty not be a bug bounty? There are several reasons. Here's why you need to understand the differences.

After nearly five years of managing bug bounty programs, it's easy for me to lose sight of the fact that this is still a relatively new concept. As a result, there are several common questions and misconceptions about bug bounty programs. Two of the most common go hand in hand: not all bug bounty programs are public, and not all bug bounty programs are, in fact, bug bounty programs.

Let's start with the second misconception because it's likely the most confusing. How can a bug bounty not be a bug bounty? The simplest answer is that the term bug bounty has come to mean any type of vulnerability disclosure program, which is the correct umbrella term for the industry. A vulnerability disclosure program is any program where external researchers can submit vulnerabilities to an...(continued)

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