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Intro to Codehawks

CodeHawks is a leading competitive smart contract audit marketplace powered by Cyfrin. CodeHawks works to protect DeFi, Protocols, their users and funds from smart contract exploits with security reviews through a streamlined process of Deep and Competitive Audits performed by top world auditors and our community. You can find a brief overview of how CodeHawks works below. For a deep dive into the CodeHawks ecosystem checkout the dedicate guide

The Problem CodeHawks Solves

Digital value exchange enabled by Decentralised finance and smart contracts requires an outstanding level of security and best practices, which hasn't yet been reached.
Over $250B are locked in the DeFi ecosystem, and in the past 6 months alone, over $1B are lost in more than 100 DeFi exploits. Earn up to 15% for every successful referral as a reward. Help your close associates in securing DeFi & NFT projects and earn a competitive commission for the same. Last year, 6% of the Total Value Locked (TVL) in DeFi was stolen, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in users and protocols funds, and inherently, faith in the entire eco-sys
On top of that, the process of finding, hiring, and working with expert and reliable auditors has, until now, been extremely rudimental. Protocols were forced to perform word-of-mouth research, with low to zero possibility of ensuring the quality of their audits.
CodeHawks solves this by bridging together top-notch Blockchain security experts and Protocols in an eco-system built to create security in web3.

Why CodeHawks?

​CodeHawks, powered by Cyfrin, puts together top-notch world-wide auditors and a community of thousands of security researches to ensure highest security standards when security your codebases.
Feature/Attribute
CodeHawks
Competitors
Pricing
Competitive & Low platform fees
Higher platform fees
Process Transparency
Full Transparency Throughout
Sometimes Opaque
Types of Audits Offered
Competitive & Private
Typically One Type
Referral Program
Generous 15% Referral Fee
Usually Lower or No Referral Program
Audit Speed
Quick Turnaround
Often Slower
Post-Audit Support
Long-term Code Safeguarding
Typically Limited to Initial Audit
Additional Services
Education, long term support
Often Limited to Auditing
Customer Support
24/7 Dedicated Support
Limited Support Hours
Learn more about our Philosophy and mission in the dedicated guide.

How CodeHawks works

There are three core components in every CodeHawks smart contract auditing competition:
  1. 1.
    Sponsors (protocols): Organizations or entities that implement smart contracts.
  2. 2.
    Judges: World-leading experts who oversee the audit process and ensure its integrity.
  3. 3.
    Hawks (auditors): Professionals who conduct the actual audit of the smart contracts

For Sponsors

Protocols approach CodeHawks with their audit requirements. They have the flexibility to choose between:
  • Competitive Audits: A dynamic audit process where multiple auditors compete to identify vulnerabilities.
  • Private Audits: A more traditional approach where a selected auditor or team reviews the smart contract.
Visit our guide on the CodeHawks ecosystem to read more about the different services we provide to protocols and their teams.

For Hawks (Auditors)

The Hawks are our Auditors, at the heart of the CodeHawks eco-system.
They:
  • Register on the platform.
  • Engage in competitive audits, showcasing their expertise.
  • Build a network to find private auditing opportunities
If you're interested in becoming a Hawk on CodeHawks, start by visiting our Quickstart guide​

For Judges

Judges are the team, community, and protocol members dedicated at reviewing Hawks submissions, deduplicating, validating, testing and ensuring the highest quality standards when selecting them.
They are responsible to ensure our top-notch security reports, revisioning, testing and verifying thousands of security researchers' submissions every year.
If you want to learn more about our judging process or evaluation criteria - visit the dedicated sections.
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