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15 skills you need to be a whitehat hacker and make up to $145K per year

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The number of high-profile cybersecurity breaches making headlines each week has driven more organizations to adopt crowdsourced security programs—wherein "ethical hackers" seek out bugs and flaws for a fee, according to a Wednesday report from Bugcrowd. These whitehat hackers can earn large amounts of money for their efforts, the report found: The average yearly payout of the top 50 whitehat hackers was $145,000 USD, with over 600 valid submissions.

The crowdsourced security model benefits enterprises by bringing together whitehat hackers worldwide ranging in experience from students to top security talent—allowing companies to leverage pools of untapped talent that would otherwise be impossible to do, the report noted.

The report analyzed data from 750 of Bugcrowd's global whitehat hacker and pen tester community members. Some 43% of these hackers learned how to hack via online resources and blogs, and 41% are self-taught, they reported.

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