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MSRC Security Researcher Recognition: 2021

February 10th, 2021 No comments

Wondering how to get into the 2021 MSRC Most Valuable Security Researcher list and get recognized during the Black Hat USA this August? Read on to learn more about the different paths you can take to get into the top researcher tiers. The MSRC Most Valuable Security Researcher (MVR) and MSRC Contributor are tiers in …

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Top MSRC 2020 Q4 Security Researchers – Congratulations!

January 14th, 2021 No comments

We’re excited to announce the top contributing researchers for the 2020 Fourth Quarter (Q4)! Congratulations to all of the researchers who made this quarter’s leaderboard and a huge thank you to everyone who continues to help secure our customers and the ecosystem. The top three researchers of the 2020 Q4 Security Researcher Leaderboard are: Cameron …

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Announcing the Top MSRC 2020 Q3 Security Researchers

October 15th, 2020 No comments

Following the MSRC’s 2020 Most Valuable Security Researchers announced during this year’s Black Hat, we’re excited to announce the top contributing researchers for the 2020 Third Quarter (Q3)! The top three researchers of the 2020 Q3 Security Researcher Leaderboard are: David Dworken (1800 points), Cameron Vincent (1780 points), and Yuki Chen (1380 points). Congratulations to …

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Concluding the Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge, Microsoft Awards $374,300 to Global Security Research Community

October 6th, 2020 No comments

The Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge brought together 70 researchers from 21 countries to help secure Azure Sphere customers and expand Microsoft’s partnerships with the global IoT security research community. During the three-month Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge, researchers surfaced 20 Critical or Important severity security vulnerabilities, with Microsoft awarding $374,300 in bounty awards for …

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What to Expect When Reporting Vulnerabilities to Microsoft

September 21st, 2020 No comments

At the Microsoft Security Response Center’s (MSRC), our primary mission is to help protect our customers. One of the ways we do this is by working with security researchers to discover security vulnerabilities in our services and products, and then making sure those that pose a threat to customers get fixed. Many researchers report these …

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Congratulations to the MSRC’s 2020 Most Valuable Security Researchers

August 5th, 2020 No comments

Today we announce our Most Valuable Security Researchers for 2020! The MSRC Researcher Recognition program is an integral aspect of recognizing the ongoing partnerships with our community of talented security researchers who report through Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD). These recognitions run throughout specific periods of the year and provide regular opportunities to recognize those who …

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Microsoft Bug Bounty Programs Year in Review: $13.7M in Rewards

August 4th, 2020 No comments

Security researchers are a vital component of the cybersecurity ecosystem that safeguards every facet of digital life and commerce. The researchers who devote time to uncovering and reporting security issues before adversaries can exploit them have earned our collective respect and gratitude. The security landscape is constantly changing with emerging technology and new threats. By …

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Black Hat 2020: See you in the Cloud!

July 30th, 2020 No comments

It hardly feels like summer without the annual trip to Las Vegas for Black Hat USA. With this year’s event being totally cloud based, we won’t have the chance to catch up with security researchers, industry partners, and customers in person, an opportunity we look forward to every year. We’ll still be there though, and …

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Updates to the Windows Insider Preview Bounty Program

July 24th, 2020 No comments

Partnering with the research community is an important part of Microsoft’s holistic approach to defending against security threats. Bounty programs are one part of this partnership, designed to encourage and reward vulnerability research focused on the highest impact to customer security. The Windows Insider Preview (WIP) Bounty Program is a key program for Microsoft and …

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Top MSRC 2020 Q2 Security Researchers Announced – Congratulations!

July 15th, 2020 No comments

We are excited to announce the top contributing researchers for the 2020 Second Quarter (Q2)! Congratulations to all the researchers who continue to rock the leaderboard, and a big thank you to everyone for your contribution to securing our customers and the ecosystem. The top three researchers of the 2020 Second Quarter (Q2) Security Researcher …

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Machine Learning Security Evasion Competition 2020 Invites Researchers to Defend and Attack

June 1st, 2020 No comments

Machine learning (ML) is an increasingly valuable tool in cyber security as adversaries continually evolve their tactics and techniques to evade detection. As machine learning has advanced and sophisticated ML models have been developed to assist security professionals in protecting the cloud, adversaries have been busy developing malware designed to evade ML models. To proactively …

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Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge Now Open

May 5th, 2020 No comments

The Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge is an expansion of Azure Security Lab, announced at Black Hat in August 2019. At that time, a select group of talented researchers was invited to come and do their worst, emulating criminal hackers in a customer-safe cloud environment. This new research challenge aims to spark new high impact …

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Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge Now Open

May 5th, 2020 No comments

The Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge is an expansion of Azure Security Lab, announced at Black Hat in August 2019. At that time, a select group of talented researchers was invited to come and do their worst, emulating criminal hackers in a customer-safe cloud environment. This new research challenge aims to spark new high impact …

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Congratulating Our Top 2020 Q1 Security Researchers!

April 23rd, 2020 No comments

Following the second Security Researcher Quarterly Leaderboard and the 2020 MSRC Most Valuable Security Researchers criteria we published in February 2020, we are excited to announce the 2020 First Quarter (Q1) Security Researcher Leaderboard, listing our top contributing researchers for the last quarter. The top three researchers of the last quarter are: Zhiniang Peng (2870 …

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Calling for security research in Azure Sphere, now generally available

February 24th, 2020 No comments

Today, Microsoft released Azure Sphere into General Availability (GA). Azure Sphere’s mission is to empower every organization on the planet to connect and create secured and trustworthy IoT devices. Azure Sphere is an end-to-end solution for securely connecting existing equipment and for creating new IoT devices with built-in security. The solution includes hardware, OS, and …

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Recognizing Security Researchers in 2020

February 3rd, 2020 No comments

Is it too early to talk about the 2020 MSRC Most Valuable Security Researchers? Five months from now, at the end of June, the program period closes for researchers to be considered for inclusion in the Most Valuable Researchers list. The top researcher list will be revealed at Black Hat North America in August. For …

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Announcing the Xbox Bounty program

January 30th, 2020 No comments

Announcing the new Xbox Bounty. The Xbox bounty program invites gamers, security researchers, and technologists around the world to help identify security vulnerabilities in the Xbox network and services, and share them with the Microsoft Xbox team through Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD).

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Announcing MSRC 2019 Q4 Security Researcher Leaderboard

January 15th, 2020 No comments

Following the first Security Researcher Quarterly Leaderboard we published in October 2019, we are excited to announce the MSRC Q4 2019 Security Researcher Leaderboard, which shows the top contributing researchers for the last quarter. In each quarterly leaderboard, we recognize the security researchers who ranked at or above the 95th percentile line based on the …

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Announcing the Microsoft Identity Research Project Grant

January 9th, 2020 No comments

We are excited to announce the Microsoft Identity Research Project Grant a new opportunity in partnership with the security community to help protect Microsoft customers. This project grant awards up to $75,000 USD for approved research proposals that improve the security of the Microsoft Identity solutions in new ways for both Consumers (Microsoft Account) and Enterprise (Azure Active Directory).

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BlueHat Seattle videos are online!

November 13th, 2019 No comments

Were you unable to attend BlueHat Seattle, or wanted to see a session again? We have good news. If you have been waiting for the videos from BlueHat Seattle last month, the wait is over. All videos which the presenter authorized to be recorded are now online and available to anyone. We are also happy …

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