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Microsoft supports Bug Bounty Switzerland

The Lucerne Bug Bounty Switzerland GmbH wants to set up a so-called bug bounty platform in Switzerland. This is intended to bring ethical hackers together with companies and organizations in order to uncover weak points in IT systems. Ethical hackers look for such vulnerabilities in cooperation with the clients so that these loopholes can be closed.

Microsoft wants to support Bug Bounty Switzerland in this project as part of its Microsoft program for startups, according to a media release. On the one hand, Microsoft will offer the start-up access to its expertise in this area. On the other hand, the IT giant provides its Swiss data centers for the operation of the Bug Bounty Switzerland platform.

The goal of Bug Bounty Switzerland and Microsoft is to build a Swiss hub for working with ethical hackers. Cooperation with ethical hackers is not yet very widespread in Swiss organizations, says Florian Badertscher, Head of Technology at Bug Bounty Switzerland. Some companies already work with ethical hackers, but use foreign platforms to do so.

Microsoft's support "brings us a decisive step closer to our goal of making bug bounty programs easily accessible to all Swiss organizations and companies," said Sandro Nafzger, CEO of Bug Bounty Switzerland, in the press release.

Thomas Winter, partner lead and member of the executive board of Microsoft Switzerland, also comments on the collaboration in the communication. “Cybersecurity is the central challenge of the digital age. Without them, the most basic human rights such as privacy cannot exist, ”he stresses. Microsoft has therefore set itself the goal of supporting companies like Bug Bounty Switzerland.

Bug Bounty Switzerland recently entered into a strategic cooperation with the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC). As a result, Florian Schütz, federal delegate for cybersecurity and head of the NCSC, joined the start-up's board of directors. ssp