When You Invest In The Community, The Community Gets Stronger | A Dialogue With Casey Ellis and Jason Haddix From Bugcrowd

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During RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco, Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli sat down with Bugcrowd’s Founder, Chairman and CTO, Casey Ellis, and VP of Researcher Growth, Jason Haddix.

During our conversation, Casey and Jason share some of their recent news with us — including their Buggy Awards (for excellence in all things crowdsourced), v2 of their Traffic Control capabilities, and their new partnership with Secure Code Warrior, designed to help educate and train engineers as part of the ongoing development lifecycle, shifting the InfoSec training left in the SDLC. This partnership really looks into the future of cybersecurity.  

We’ll let you listen to all of the goodness shared by Casey and Jason — but as a quick summary, it’s safe to say that the team at Bugcrowd is looking to do the right thing for the InfoSec community and the industry in pretty much every move they make and every action they take.

Security has traditionally been a ‘lone wolf’ type of activity, but now we are finally realizing that it takes a village to be efficient in the cybersecurity industry. We are also understanding the difference between a cyber criminal and a hacker, just as we understand the difference between a locksmith and a burglar. 

There’s a crowd of adversaries ready and willing to take us down and we need a crowd of educated, capable and ethical hackers to combat this threat. Bugcrowd is doing their part to invest in the community, and the community is getting stronger because of it.

About Casey Ellis
Chairman, Founder and CTO of Bugcrowd


Casey is the Chairman, Founder and CTO of Bugcrowd. He is an 18 year veteran of information security, servicing clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations as a pentester, security and risk consultant and solutions architect, then most recently as a career entrepreneur.

Casey pioneered the Bug Bounty as a Service model, launching the first programs on Bugcrowd in 2012. He is happy as long as he’s got a problem to solve, an opportunity to build out, and a kick ass group of people to bring along for the ride.

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About Jason Haddix
Vice President of Researcher Growth at Bugcrowd


As the Vice President of Researcher Growth Jason works with clients and security researchers to create high value, sustainable, and impactful bug bounty programs. He also works with Bugcrowd to improve the security industry’s relations with researchers. Jason’s interests and areas of expertise include mobile penetration testing, black box Web application auditing, network/infrastructural security assessments, and static analysis.

Before joining Bugcrowd, Jason was the director of penetration testing for HP Fortify, and also held the #1 rank on the Bugcrowd leaderboard for 2014. (He currently holds the #11 rank.)

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