The Visual Guide to Bug Bounty Success

The Visual Guide to Bug Bounty Success

The Bug Bounty Field Manual is the definitive guide on how to plan, launch, and operate a successful bug bounty program.

But 10,283 words is a lot to read so we've turned it into a simple one-page graphic: The Visual Guide to Bug Bounty Success.  

It’s basically the prettiest cliff notes of a book you’ve ever seen.

The Visualized Guide to Bug Bounty Success


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12 Steps to Bug Bounty Success

Steps 1 - 6 represent the “Planning Phase” and are shown below

Step 1: Establish your Vulnerability Management Process

What do you do with bugs you get today? Nail your vulnerability management process and document
how bug bounty reports fit in. (BBFM Chapter 2.1 )

Step 2: Allocate Your Resources

Choose a Bug Bounty Leader and determine your on-duty support rotation. Sort out your triage team (HackerOne is here to help). (BBFM Chapter 2.2)

Step 3: Determine your bounty process + Set a budget

The simplest way to approach this is to set up a bounty table. We also have a great post on our blog: Anatomy of a Bug Bounty Budget for a deep dive on budgets. (BBFM Chapter 2.3)

Step 4: Determine your SLAs (Service Level Agreements)

Set expectations for hackers on your security page for: time to triage, time to bounty and time to remediation. (BBFM Chapter 2.4, 5.4)

Step 5: Craft Your Security Page

The “front door” for hackers to any bug bounty program is the security page. Share about which your disclosure policy, and scope and more. (BBFM Chapter 2.5)

Step 6: Champion Internally

Make sure your key internal stakeholders are on board and bought-in. (BBFM Chapter 3)

Download the guide to see the "Launch", and "Operate & Iterate Sections" to get the last 6 steps!

It’s (almost) that simple

Running a successful bug bounty program is not “set it and forget it”, but an iterative and evolving cycle.

Thankfully, you’re not alone: HackerOne is here to provide you with the most advanced and in-depth guides, turnkey toolkits to get you kickstarted, and world-class customer service along the way (and trust us, we’ve pretty much seen it all!)

Whether you’re just getting started on your bug bounty journey, or you need a refresher course on some nuanced element of your program, we’ve got you covered.

Download the guide and start your bug bounty journey today.

PS - We also included a bonus toolkit with 5 amazing resources FREE when you download the Visual Guide to Bug Bounties. So what are you waiting for? Claim your goodies now - the toolkit may or may not be there forever, as we’re giving away some of our best stuff.


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