Backblaze Opens Bug Bounty Program

SAN MATEO, Calif. — The cloud storage company Backblaze is looking to the crowd to help it catch cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Blackblaze opened its Bugcrowd Bug Bounty Program to all public security researchers, according to the company last month. 

The public program is intended to tap the security expertise of the “ethical hacking community” to support cybersecurity best practices in the evolving threat landscape.

Security researchers can sign up online to “challenge” the company’s products and networks.

Backblaze’s private bug bounty program through Bugcrowd has been running for over a year.

The program is part of Backblaze’s commitment to security. Over the last year, the company doubled the size of its security team. It has over 290 employees, according to LinkedIn.

The company also recently launched server-side encryption for its S3-compatible API for B2 Cloud Storage. 

On Thursday, April 21, Backblaze will host a webinar to discuss the expanded bug bounty program and its role in the Backblaze security portfolio. 

The webinar panel will feature several members of Backblaze’s security team: including Ola Nordstrom, lead application security engineer; and Chris Vickery, senior risk assessment specialist. The panel will be moderated by Pat Patterson, chief developer evangelist.

“We’re hardening our systems and processes against cybercriminals every day, but no business is entirely immune from vulnerabilities,” said Mark Potter, chief information security officer, Backblaze. 

“That’s why we’re excited to broaden our security profile with Bugcrowd — they make it easy to engage and reward security researchers who can identify issues before they become bigger problems.”

Chris Ehrlich
Chris Ehrlich
Chris Ehrlich is the managing editor of several web properties in the TechnologyAdvice network. He has over 20 years of experience delivering content-based results across journalism and communications, including on B2B technologies. As a leader in digital journalism, he’s driven targeted content that resonates with audiences and increases key metrics. As a leader in branded communications, he’s driven multi-channel content for clients that spreads their messages and generates measurable returns. He holds a B.A. in English and political science from Denison University in Ohio.
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