Abu Dhabi: 42 Abu Dhabi, an innovative and disruptive coding school, and BEACON RED, an advanced cyber solutions provider that tackles complex national security threats, have jointly hosted the second hackathon under the title “Cyber Warriors: Unleashing the Power of Bug Bounties in Cybersecurity.”
The hackathon, attended by over 60 students from 42 Abu Dhabi, focused on Bug Bounty programs, which have become an essential part of cybersecurity and have a significant impact on all sectors of the economy.
The programs encouraged independent researchers, often referred to as bug bounty hunters or ethical hackers, to identify and report vulnerabilities in the organisation’s software, websites, or network infrastructure.
During the hackathon, BEACON RED displayed existing Bug Bounty programs, and 42 Abu Dhabi students worked together to take the first steps to participate in such programs. To track progress, a live scoreboard showed the names of students leading in discovery within the Bug Bounty programs.
Mr. Akewak Biru was awarded first place in the hackathon, followed by Mr. Yonatan Kefyalew in second place and Mr. Simon Zerisenay in third place.
Bug Bounties are critical to all economic sectors as they help identify vulnerabilities, protect customer data, enhance cybersecurity, and encourage ethical hacking.