Secuna hits 1,300 registered ethical hackers milestone, eyes partnership with PH govt’ for cyberattack simulation

Secuna’s bug bounty program awarded a total of  $22,245 as a reward for finding and reporting valid bug reports of less than five companies in the year 2021.

Secuna, the Philippines’ community-powered cybersecurity testing platform, has announced that they now have onboarded 1,300 registered ethical hackers in their platform which is poised to be the largest established hacker community in the country.

This is in conjunction with the company’s goal to encourage the national government agency to use its platform “for free.” Secuna is developing a business model with government agencies that is similar to “Hack the Pentagon” and “Hack the Air Force” cybersecurity programs in the United States, in which ethical hackers identify security holes in an entity’s computer systems.

According to its CEO and Co-Founder AJ Dumanhug, having a large network of ethical hackers is a huge advantage for Secuna in helping companies, organizations, and even the government secure their digital assets. As hackers, they are also privy to cybercriminals’ ways, mindsets, and methods, enabling them to stay one step ahead. They are not only trained to spot vulnerabilities but are also there to prevent further online crimes. Their understanding of the breakdown of a data breach, where the common vulnerabilities are, and how to potentially resolve these before they become a problem helps reduce a company’s risk of being breached.

“Striving to be at the forefront of cybersecurity in the country since our inception in 2017, we at Secuna are deeply honored to announce that we were able to nurture and vet a community of trusted ethical hackers. And now that we are considered as the safe haven of ethical hackers as we reach the 1,300 registration mark, we will continue to uphold our commitment to helping startups, SMEs, and government by connecting them to the most advanced and highly-vetted cybersecurity professionals to simulate cyber-attacks and find security flaws that real-world malicious hackers can exploit and leverage to gain access to IT systems,” said Dumanhug.

 Secuna is the first and only crowdsourced cybersecurity testing platform in the Philippines that has a community of the world’s most advanced and highly-vetted cybersecurity professionals and ethical hackers. For its services called penetration testing and bug bounty program, Secuna taps the best ethical hackers to identify potential entry points into systems and then breach them to determine the extent of damage they can cause. With its community of more than a thousand registered ethical hackers, Secuna was able to resolve a total of 1,037 vulnerabilities and bugs across its clients in 2021.

Included in the critical vulnerabilities that they found are remote access to client’s server, generating of tokens due to a round number issue in a transaction process, and account takeover of super admin accounts.

On the other hand, Secuna’s bug bounty program awarded a total of  $22,245 as a reward for finding and reporting valid bug reports of less than five companies in the year 2021.