InSecurity Podcast: Katie Moussouris Breaks Down Bug Bounty Programs

What if I told you that the industry average is 15-50 bugs per 1000 lines of code? You may not care if you’re creating a homebrewed script, but what if you are in charge of launching the SpaceX rocket?

What if you are Lewis Hamilton driving for Mercedes Formula 1 and a software glitch causes you to lose a three second lead at the Australian Grand Prix? What if you are a general in charge of military forces using tools that include the same software I can buy on Amazon or Ali Baba?

With so much of our world now driven by software, everything is on the line: money, property, even lives. Perfection is never going to be an option, but it is fair to say that we need to be as close to perfect as possible.

In this episode of the InSecurity Podcast, host Matt Stephenson is joined by Katie Moussouris to talk about bugs and bug bounties and the impact they can have on security and privacy. Katie is an industry legend perhaps best known for creating Microsoft’s first Bug Bounty program in 2013.

Katie breaks it all down: who needs a bug bounty? Is a bug bounty program even appropriate for a company? There are risks inherent in every question and every answer.

About Katie Moussouris

Katie Moussouris (@k8em0) is the founder and CEO of Luta Security, specializing in helping businesses and governments work with hackers to better defend themselves from digital attacks. 

She is a noted authority on vulnerability disclosure & bug bounties, advising companies, lawmakers, and governments on the benefits of hacking & security. Katie is a hacker - first hacking computers, now hacking policy and regulations.

About Matt Stephenson

Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Security Technology team at Cylance, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and host of CylanceTV.

Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Stephenson to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come before.