ownCloud Teams Up With Security Research Community and Its Open Source Community As The Next Step In Its Ongoing Commitment to Stay Ahead of Vulnerabilities

LEXINGTON, MA – August 31, 2015 – / – ownCloud, Inc., the company behind the world’s most popular open source enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) software, Saturday announced the launch of the ownCloud Security Bug Bounty Program, adding an extra layer of security to the company’s flagship on-premise EFSS solution. ownCloud has partnered with HackerOne, the leading provider of vulnerability management and bug bounty platforms, to join forces with loyal and skilled ownCloud contributors and the security research community at large, to identify and resolve security vulnerabilities before they become problems.

While ownCloud has its own comprehensive security strategy, including in-house security professionals and regularly passing independent security audits and penetration tests to deliver enterprise-grade security capabilities, bug bounty programs are used by leading companies committed to bringing their security plan to the next level. These programs provide an incentive for individuals to responsibly disclose software bugs, centralize reporting streams, and ultimately allow security teams to leverage the external community to help keep users safe in today’s continuously evolving cyber threat landscape.

The most downloaded open source project for file sync and share, ownCloud is excited to honor its open source community of over 800 contributors by leveraging their expertise, in addition to that of the security research community, to add another layer to its overall security strategy. Depending on the severity of the bug, contributors flagging valid vulnerabilities will earn up to $500.

“This program represents the next steps in our commitment to ensuring our solutions will help customers maintain ownership and control of their data while benefiting from the collective knowledge of both our vast open source and security research communities. Technology companies both large and small have turned to bug bounty programs to bolster security, but we’ve got something they don’t. The ownCloud open source community is filled with intelligent, loyal and dedicated users who have supported us for years, helping to make our product the best and most secure EFSS solution on the market. We are excited for the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with this tremendous resource and rewarding them for their efforts in making the ownCloud experience better, more secure and more efficient.”

Frank Karlitschek, CTO, community leader and co-founder at ownCloud

“Bug bounty programs are a best practice for all security conscious organizations who want an effective way to continuously surface unknown software vulnerabilities. By incentivizing thousands of talented hackers globally, companies like ownCloud are leveling the playing field by ensuring criminals are outnumbered and consumers are better protected.”

Alex Rice, CTO and co-founder, HackerOne

The ownCloud Security Bug Bounty Program was presented to the ownCloud community at this year’s record-breaking ownCloud Contributor Conference, which is taking place August 28 – September 3 in Berlin, Germany. The attendee list for the 2015 conference more than doubled the number of contributors who attended in 2014, from every geography worldwide. For two full days, attendees had nearly twice the presentations and talks to choose from compared to the previous year’s event, including coding, design, discussion, and workshops as well as the popular 5 day hackathon. For more information on the ownCloud Contributor Conference, and to start making plans for next year, please visit

About ownCloud
Organizations that must share confidential data internally and externally rely on ownCloud’s on-premise enterprise file sync and share platform. Only ownCloud gives IT the visibility and control required to manage sensitive data, preserve business processes and integrate with existing compliant infrastructures while offering users the modern collaboration experience they demand. This is made possible through ownCloud’s open, modular architecture, extreme extensibility and unique federated cloud sharing capabilities. Company headquarters are in Lexington, MA, with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, visit:

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Source: ownCloud


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