Feeds

Flaw finders score loyalty rewards from iDefense

Sharing the bounty

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Security firm iDefense, a subsidiary of VeriSign, announced on Friday the recipients of two rounds of bonuses rewarding the most prolific researchers taking part in the firm's Vulnerability Contributor Program (VCP).

The researchers split $40,000 in bonuses: Three people divvied up $10,000 awarded to the top flaw finders for the quarter, while five researchers received $30,000 split among the most prolific flaw finders for the year. One researcher, identified only by his handle "infamous41md," took home an award in each category for a total of $13,000 in bonuses for the quarter.

The awards come as security researchers are still debating whether such bug bounties help make software more secure. However, despite questionable benefits, the programs are becoming more popular. In July, TippingPoint, a subsidiary of 3Com, announced its own program, the Zero-Day Initiative. And the Mozilla Foundation pays researchers who find serious security holes in its Internet browser.

This year, iDefense has published almost 120 vulnerabilities discovered by participants of the firm's flaw-finding program, according to the company's Web site.

Copyright © 2005, SecurityFocus

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.