Is ethical hacking more lucrative than software engineering?

HackerOne published its 2018 Hacker Report, which examines the geography, demographics, experience, tools used and motivations of nearly 2,000 bug bounty hackers across 100 countries.

On average, top earning ethical hackers make up to 2.7 times the median salary of a software engineer in their respective home countries; hackers in India are making as much as 16 times the median. And yet, the new data finds that overall hackers are less motivated by monetary gain, dropping from their first to fourth priority since 2016.

While ethical hacking is becoming increasingly mainstream, there are still hurdles to overcome. Ninety-four percent of the Forbes Global 2000 do not have a published vulnerability disclosure policy. As a result, nearly 1 in 4 hackers have not reported a vulnerability that they have found because the company didn’t have a channel to disclose it. However, 72 percent of hackers reported that companies are becoming more open to receiving vulnerabilities than they were before.

Read more about the findings of the HackerOne 2018 Hacker Report on Help Net Security.

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