Ethical hackers who find bugs and security issues on an online platform are called bug bounty hunters. Plenty of ethical hacking courses offer the training required for developing skills required to become a bug bounty hunter. There are various platforms dedicated to helping bug bounty hunters.
Ahmedabad-based cybersecurity expert and mentor, Nikhil Srivastava says that bug bounty hunting could be highly rewarding tech career. If you focus on bounty offered by large tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon, you can make a large sum of money. Srivastava made $35,000 (approx Rs 26.7 lakh) over the last three months.
He said, “It’s a win-win deal for companies and experts. If the bounty is significant, thousands join the hunt for security problems and other glitches. The experts benefit from huge monetary rewards and sometimes other perks.”
Another Ahmedabad-based programmer, Paresh Parmar is the full-time bug bounty hunter. He said that there could be fewer than 100 like him in the state of Gujarat. He said, “For starters, it’s a field demanding high skills, where programming and coding patterns change periodically.”
B. Tech student from Rajkot, Jenish Sojitra earned more than $50,000 (approx Rs 38 lakh) in bounties during Covid-19 lockdown. He said, “Nowadays, crypto programs and platforms pay huge sums for bounty hunting. I also won bounties for identifying issues with application program interfaces (APIs). I got another reward for diagnosing a problem in an Internet of Things (IoT) device.”