Tencent Taps HackerOne’s Global Community of White Hat to Boost Cybersecurity

SINGAPORE  — April 14, 2020 — HackerOne, the global top hacker-powered security platform, today announced a partnership with Tencent Security Response Center (TSRC), the online platform run by the security arm of Tencent. HackerOne’s skilled global community of 600,000+ white hat hackers can now easily join in Tencent’s Bug Bounty Program through HackerOne, making vulnerability reporting and technical sharing from across the world faster and easier. Tencent will also leverage HackerOne’s network to streamline bounty payments when rewarding the white hat community’s joint force to help improve the security of its products and services and contribute to a safer internet for all. 

TSRC is open to HackerOne’s global community of ethical hackers to participate in its public and open bug bounty program, an industry best practice to identify potential security vulnerabilities, allowing them to patch security holes before they can be exploited. The public-facing intake method incentivises ethical hackers to find security vulnerabilities in a company’s software and report them directly to the company’s security centre with a monetary reward or bounty. 

The Bug Bounty Program awards up to US$15,000 for quality reports on eligible valid vulnerabilities, which are paid through HackerOne’s platform. Hackers are encouraged to look for vulnerabilities in all products and services of Tencent — one of the world’s largest internet service providers. 

“Online security for our products and platforms is a top priority for Tencent. While we develop and deploy advanced technologies to safeguard our platforms, we also collaborate with professional white hackers’ networks to help us enhance our security protection for our products and our users,” said Juju Zhu, COO of Tencent Security Response Center.  “We are the first company in China to set up a Security Response Center, and now by partnering with Hacker One, we expect to receive constructive research results from a larger, global community of security experts.”

“TSRC has been a leader in leveraging hacker-powered security to protect user data and information to maintain trust,” said Attley Ng, VP of Asia Pacific at HackerOne. “By inviting a community of friendly hackers from across the globe to test their digital assets, Tencent is bringing a world of diverse perspectives to evaluate their portfolio of products and boost their security capabilities.”

According to HackerOne platform data in the 2019 Hacker-Powered Security Report, the adoption of hacker-powered security is growing in the Asia Pacific region with the number of programs increasing by 30% in 2019. This expansion has led to additional customer programs with government, enterprise, and technology organisations including Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Government Technology Agency (GovTech), Toyota, Nintendo, Grab, Alibaba, LINE, OPPO, OnePlus, and more. 

The partnership with TSRC is announced on the heels of HackerOne revealing an increase of over 100% in enterprise sales bookings year-over-year, including an expansion into new international regions like the Asia Pacific. In addition, HackerOne was placed as the world’s fifth-most innovative company and top security organisation globally on Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020, a proven partner and innovator for businesses in APAC. 

To learn more about TSRC’s programs, please visit https://hackerone.com/tencent

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