The World’s Most Elite Crowd of Ethical Hackers + Machine Intelligence for Maximum Coverage
What is Bug Bounty?
With remote work as the new standard, organizations need to augment their security testing teams and secure their distributed workforces in order to enable normal business operations by minimizing security risks. Bug bounty is one way to do that. What is bug bounty? From large enterprises to government agencies, Bug Bounty programs are used in addition to traditional, check-list based penetration tests for their access to a diverse skill set, pay-for-results model, and potential for ongoing testing. While traditional pen testing is often used to achieve compliance, these programs and bug bounty competitions pay cash rewards to ethical hackers, otherwise known as security researchers, for finding and reporting weak points and bugs in the software. Researchers provide security teams with reports on how attackers could penetrate through their security systems.
Why Bug Bounty Isn’t Enough
Before engaging with unvetted bug bounty hackers, organizations need to be well-informed of the benefits of a comprehensive crowdsourced platform and the potential risks of working with the wrong crowd.
Without proper crowd standards, quality assurance, or technical controls and management, hack bounty programs can introduce unwanted risk and operational burden into an organization. In a typical cyber security bug bounty program, there could be thousands of participants of both qualified and unqualified hackers, generating noisy results of varying quality. As mentioned, one of the key benefits of bug bounty is the access to more researchers, and thus more vulnerabilities. However, organizations often fear an influx of vulnerabilities and lack of resources to appropriately manage and triage even the valid vulnerabilities. Behind every critical vuln, there are numerous false positives and low-quality vulnerabilities to sift through as well. Furthermore, it can be daunting managing communication with a crowd of hackers. Synack offers a high-level of control, quality, and insight that is not as accessible in traditional open bounty bug programs.
How Synack Goes Above and Beyond
Synack goes beyond bug bounty to address many of the challenges where bug bounty falls short—delivering >30% higher ROI compared to other crowdsourced solutions.
Synack provides bounty-driven security testing with an elite crowd combined with our smart technology platform. This means you get the scale and rigor of bug bounty, with the control, efficiency and quality that’s unique to Synack. We’ve also built our own smart scanning engine, SmartScan, and methodology-driven workflows to give you the best of bug bounty, penetration testing, and vulnerability scanning, all in a single, integrated platform. SmartScan adds efficiency to the testing process by alerting researchers of potential vulnerabilities for verification, while allowing researchers to focus their time on finding complex, exploitable vulnerabilities that other solutions struggle to find. This integrated platform removes operational burden to give security teams the ability to focus on remediation.
A team of 1,200+ of the world’s most elite security researchers that are vetted through a 5-step process for both skill and trust
A realistic view of your attack surface from the world’s best, most trusted ethical hackers
An ability to rapidly deploy testing, intelligence, and operations
Real-time analytics on testing activity, coverage and benchmarking performance
Additional scale through a machine-learning enabled scanner, freeing researchers to focus more on creative tests
Access to actionable, audit-ready reports complete with a compliance checklist
How It Works
The Synack Portal enables security teams to manage security testing enterprise-wide, monitor security performance, prioritize assets for testing and share detailed findings with the team. Synack reviews all findings and triages them so that security teams are only given actionable, exploitable vulnerabilities without wasting time sifting through countless hacker submissions and false positives. Inside the portal, customers can access the main dashboard for a summary of findings reported in real time as they are discovered and triaged. From the main dashboard of key metrics, customers can double click any of the high-level metrics for details and view detailed vulnerability findings, manage active assessments, get analytics on security performance (Attacker Resistance Score™ rating), track outcomes of SRT security checks through Missions and read or download audit-ready reports, as needed.
So that reports can be tailored to the right audience, Synack’s platform goes beyond traditional reporting (often manual, point-in-time, and lacking in usable insights) to develop powerful, on-demand, customizable reports by presenting your testing data in a functional, easy to understand way. These reports help organizations make more informed security decisions. You can choose between human-written analysis, audit-quality reports for compliance mandates, custom report templates, high-level summaries with key metrics for leadership, or even actionable vuln data for development teams
Is a Bug Bounty Platform or a Crowdsourced Penetration Testing Platform Right for You?
Bug bounties should improve security rather than create more work for an internal team. When determining whether or not to use a bug bounty you should consider the resources required for managing the program, especially the lift required to review the copious amounts of submissions. With Synack’s crowdsourced penetration testing platform, there is no trade-off. You maintain control over your testing, have limited operational burden and have access to high quality insights and the world’s best ethical hackers on the Synack Red Team.
Minimal Noise (High Quality Vulnerabilities): Synack has the leading signal-noise ratio of 98% due to the optimal combination of our smart technology platform and our team of elite researchers.
Smart Scanning for Attack Surface Coverage: Synack’s hybrid-human software scales better than bug bounty hunters by allowing researchers to focus on complex, exploitable vulnerabilities that other solutions struggle to find. This efficiency gives security teams the ability to prioritize remediation.
Metrics That Matter: With Attacker Resistance Score metric and Coverage Analytics you get real time insights into benchmarking against your peers, your progress over time, and a full view of your attack surface. These metrics are more helpful than the number of researchers as they demonstrate your true resistance and rigor of testing.
Speed: Rapidly deploy tests and get real-time analytics on testing activity, coverage, and performance.
World’s Best Security Talent: 100% vetted with a 5 stage vetting process for skill & trust that goes beyond bug bounty’s ID/background. The Synack Red Team has a 12% acceptance rate.
Comprehensive Security (and Compliance): Using our incentive-driven model, get a true adversarial perspective and find critical vulnerabilities that alternatives miss, in addition to achieving compliance.
Actionable Results: Receive detailed reports on what vulnerabilities were found—and how to fix them—that you can send directly to auditors or development teams.