Apple unveiled Apple Security Research, a new website aimed at enhancing the lines open to security researchers for alerting the company to problems. The website provides methods for contacting Apple engineers, sending security reports to Apple, and receiving real-time status updates.
The website is a blog that the Apple engineering teams can use to communicate the most recent developments in Apple security in addition to providing information on the Apple Security Bounty program.
A progress report on the Apple Security Bounty program was also provided by Apple. The company has given out about $20 million in rewards to researchers over the past two and a half years. Apple has awarded 20 distinct prizes totaling more than $100,000 for high-impact concerns, with average payouts in the Product category hovering around $40,000.
With the launch of the new website, Apple claims to be reacting to issues more rapidly than in the past and to have made it simpler to report difficulties and get in touch with Apple’s employees. A new tracker made available on the website reflects all bug report status changes, making it simpler for Apple to gather additional problem data.
Apple is already taking applications for the 2023 Apple Security Research Device Program, which gives qualified individuals an iPhone that is specially made to make identifying flaws simpler. The application period ends on November 30, 2022.