Ethical hack raises thousands for Give a Duck

Security-savvy Sky Betting & Gaming employees raised over £6,000 for Leeds-based charity Give a Duck this week when they joined an 8-hour company Charity Hack Day “Hack 4 Quacks”.

The event, designed around the company’s successful Bug Bounty Programme, utilised employees’ tech, coding and bug hunting skills to help unearth security flaws across several key company systems, with cash awarded for the severity of the bug. Uncovering security flaws early prevents incidents of widespread abuse, protecting the business and our customers.

Glenn Pegden, Technical Vulnerability Analyst at Sky Betting & Gaming, organised this year’s Charity Hack Day and was delighted with how the event turned out:

"The Charity Hack Day this year was bigger and better than ever, with more employees choosing to get involved and experienced bug hunters giving up their time to provide mentoring and assistance to some first timers, all of whom then went on to log their first ever bugs. It was great to be involved in planning the event for a good cause and the atmosphere on the day was amazing.”

Those taking part in the Charity Hack Day agreed to donate all bounties awarded on the day to the company’s charity for the year, Give a Duck.

Greg Knell, Head of Security, added:

"It was great to see so many people this year at the Charity Hack Day and that says a lot about the culture at Sky Betting & Gaming. Not only do we take our approach to security seriously, but we love to fundraise for a good cause too!

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