Rapid7 took another major step forward in providing organizations with comprehensive security risk intelligence solutions with the recent  NeXpose 2011 Summer Release. I recently  joined Rapid7 and my first day coincided with the General Availability of NeXpose 2011 Summer Release. Given the magnitude of functionality and lines of code involved in the release, I just had to write my first blog about it. It's an exciting time to be joining the company and the Rapid7 Community!

Speaking of the Rapid7 Community, the NeXpose 2011 Summer Release contains many new features and enhancements that were driven by feedback from our customers and from active members of the community, including: increased deployment flexibility, enhanced scalability, performance, and availability, better administrative capabilities, and easier integration with other security and risk management solutions. We are committed to making our community one of the most vibrant, interactive and engaging experiences in the security industry. Our goal is to help your organization meet your most critical security challenges without adding undue complexity (or cost) to your existing operations. We can achieve this goal much more easily if you let us know what you need. You have a voice and we are listening!

One of the things we heard from you was that you liked the product, but you wanted us to make it easier to integrate into your current and future environments. To that end, we vastly expanded our deployment flexibility with the addition of private cloud support and added platforms. This benefits all companies today:

  1. Large enterprises and Managed Security Service Providers can take advantage of our new multi-tenancy architecture to deploy NeXpose in a private cloud
  2. Any organizations can now deploy NeXpose across a wider range of platforms with support now provided for Windows® 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (with continued support for 8.04 LTS), and VMWare ESX 4.0 and 3.5, VMWare ESXi 4.0 and 3.5. And, of course we still support Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.x.

With this new flexibility, NeXpose's console and engine can now be deployed in a myriad of hybrid deployments configurations including software, appliance, virtual machines, on a laptop or in the cloud. Very cool, and very useful - but its only part of our security risk intelligence solution.

When you add in Metasploit's penetration testing capabilities, now you are talking about a true closed-loop solution - one that enables you to identify vulnerabilities, prioritize your remediation efforts and then verify that you have reduced your risk exposure. So, try us out today!

NeXpose Community Edition and the Metasploit Framework are both available to try out for free today:

It's been an exciting few weeks already for me, and there is a lot on the horizon that we'll keep you updated on. Most notably: the UNITED Security Summit, September 19-20 in San Francisco, CA, and wait until you see what we have coming out in our next release of NeXpose later this year.

Much more to come...