Fiat Chrysler has decided to offer financial rewards to cybersecurity researchers for finding bugs in their automotive technology. FCA will pay up to $1,500 bounty paid per bug, depending on impact and severity. This bug bounty program will be launched on the Bugcrowd platform.

Bugcrowd is an innovator in crowdsourced security testing. They use more than 30,000 security researchers to find software vulnerabilities. FCA believes partnering with them will be a step benefiting both companies.

"We want to encourage independent security researchers to reach out to us and share what they've found so that we can fix potential vulnerabilities before they're an issue for our consumers," Titus Melnyk, senior manager - security architecture, FCA US LLC, said.

FCA believes this idea is the best way to approach the situation because it will benefit the consumers, the researchers and it will improve the vehicles. They simply want to reward security researchers for the time and effort, and encourage them to bring forward any concerns or problems so FCA can fix them.

Customers of FCA now know that they will be receiving safer and more secure vehicles because this program was put into effect. FCA is the first full-line automaker to use a paid bounty program to test and check its vehicles. They believe this step is important because the customer is deserves to have vehicles that are safe and secure.