Historic White Hat Hacking Bounties and the Benefits of White Hat Hacking
Believe it or not, hackers played a significant role in shaping the world of cybersecurity long before the world’s first bug bounty program was rolled out by Netscape back in 1995. White hat hacking aims to identify bugs, secure digital infrastructure, and help public and private organizations be more secure in quickly changing digital environments. The word “hacking” initially did not have anything to do with computers. Instead, it described how some savvy members of MIT’s Tech Model Railroad Club were starting to make mods to their trainsets and quickly took off with the arrival of the UNIX operating system in the 1960s. In the 60 years since, white, grey, and black hat hackers have had a starring role in creating the modern cyber environment. On the one hand, malicious actors and organizations have kept up the pressure ensuring there has been a need for solutions like anti-virus software and penetration testing. On the other hand, white hat and ethical hackers have been employed across the public and private sector and tasked with protecting the streams of data that run the modern world as we know it. This article covers everything you need to know about bug bounty programs in 2021 and why white hat hackers are highly beneficial for helping to fortify your organization’s digital environment.