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Security Researcher Engagement

The MSRC supports collaboration and relationships with security researchers globally to advance Microsoft product security.

Bounty Programs

Microsoft Bounty Programs

Launched in June 2013, the Microsoft Bounty Programs pay researchers for novel exploitation techniques in Microsoft’s latest platform, defensive ideas that mitigate their novel exploitation technique, and critical vulnerabilities in specific Microsoft software. These programs are designed to harness the collective intelligence and capabilities of security researchers to help protect customers.

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BlueHat Challenge

BlueHat Briefings

Bounty Evolution

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The BlueHat Challenge was introduced in 2013 to engage researchers and others in building and testing their computer security skills…

The BlueHat Security Briefings help developers gain insight into how researchers analyze and inspect the products that they code…

November 2013, Microsoft has expanded the participant pool for the Mitigation Bypass Bounty and the BlueHat Bonus for Defense.

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Global Conference Engagement Map 2012

The MSRC sponsored or attended over 100 security conferences worldwide.

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Bounty Program Participants

Microsoft thanks the following researchers who have submitted a qualifying vulnerability or new mitigation bypass technique as part of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) Bounty Programs.

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BlueHat Archive

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