Last year was the first year we had a number of Rapid7 folks formally speaking at South-by-SouthWest (SXSW), the massive tech/music/culture conference in Austin, TX. Both Nick Percoco and Jay Radcliffe were official presenters and delivered phenomenal talks, which you can read about here in a blog from last year.

We had such a great experience last year, that we wanted to do it again—and to our delight, SXSW invited us back! In fact, several members of Team Rapid7 will be making official presentations about infosec, IoT, and the many other fascinating challenges our industry faces at SXSW this weekend. So if you are a SXSW badge holder and want to hear more, don't miss these sessions:

Internet of Things: Just Someone Else's Computer? — panel includes Jen Ellis (@infosecjen), VP Community & Public Affairs

Friday, March 11, 5 - 6pm, JW Marriott Salon 5

Follow the conversation online with the hashtag #whoownsit

The Internet of Things not only enables new technological possibilities; it forces us to confront and upend assumptions we have about our devices, our property, and our persons.

Embedding networked computers in a wider range of objects--not just tablets and phones, but cars, wearables, medical devices, appliances, and homes--generates data about consumers, and gives control over how the devices work and the data they generate to people outside the consumer's home.

Our laws and behaviors are built around personal control of personal property. But now that those devices are "smart," they can have "loyalties" to people other than their owners, in their code and in the law.

Cyber Survival for Startups and Entrepreneurs — Nick Percoco (@c7five), VP Strategic Services

Sunday March 13, 12:30 - 1:30pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 400-402

Follow the conversation online with the hashtag #SXSWCyber

Developing great technology ideas, building your MVP and raising capital comes easy for many tech entrepreneurs launching their "next big thing". Unfortunately, as many organizations find out, attackers always seem to have the upper hand against startups with limited resources and no dedicated security staff to protect them. This session will dive into the world of cyber crime with early stage companies as the focus. We'll discuss the various types of adversaries you're likely to face, how they will attack, and what they will steal along with innovative techniques you can immediately use to defend yourself and your startup from an event that can quickly result in an exit of the wrong type.

An Internet of Junk — Tod Beardsley (@todb), Security Research Manager

Sunday, March 13 - 3:30 - 4:30pm, Austin Convention Center room 9ABC

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The Internet of Things continues to invade our lives, encasing us in cocoons of interconnected touchscreens and LEDs. Despite appearances, all of these devices are sophisticated, general-purpose computers, and as such, come under the scrutiny of security researchers.

This talk will address the growing "Internet of Junk," a metastasizing mass of unpatched computers on public and private networks, and examine the "anti-patterns" demonstrated around today's vulnerability handling practices for all sorts of embedded devices.

In addition to these great presentations, on Saturday, March 12, Kyle Flaherty (@kyleflaherty), our VP of Solutions Marketing, will be speaking at the Movers & Shakers Summit at Stubb's BBQ, starting at 10am. It is an invite-only event, but you can request more information and RSVP here: W2O Group SXSW 2016 Movers & Shapers Forum Tickets, Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite