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Publishing Nexpose Asset Risk Scores to ePO

Security professionals today face great challenges protecting their assets from breaches by hackers and malware. A good vulnerability management solution could help mitigate these challenges, but vulnerability management solutions often produce huge volumes of data from scanning and require lots of time spent in differentiating…

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016 - This one's for the researchers

October was my favorite month even before I learned it is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the US and EU. So much the better – it is more difficult to be aware of cybersecurity in the dead of winter or the blaze of…

Rapid7 Supports Researcher Protections in Michigan Vehicle Hacking Law

Yesterday, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill – S.B. 0927 – that forbids some forms of vehicle hacking, but includes specific protections for cybersecurity researchers. Rapid7 supports these protections. The bill is not law yet – it has only cleared a Committee…

Hacking the Election: What to Expect

Today, we're less than fifty days from the next U.S. presidential election, and over the next couple months, I fully expect to see a lot of speculation over the likelihood of someone "hacking the election." But what does that even mean? The…

Vulnerability Disclosure and Handling Surveys - Really, What's the Point?

Maybe I'm being cynical, but I feel like that may well be the thought that a lot of people have when they hear about two surveys posted online this week to investigate perspectives on vulnerability disclosure and handling. Yet despite my natural cynicism, I believe…

Security vs. Security - Rapid7 supports strong encryption

A major area of focus in the current cybersecurity policy discussion is how growing adoption of encryption impacts law enforcement and national security, and whether new policies should be developed in response. This post briefly evaluates several potential outcomes of the debate, and provides Rapid7's…

Brute Force Attacks Using US Census Bureau Data

Currently one of the most successful methods for compromising an organization is via password-guessing attacks. To gain access to an organization using brute force attack methods, there are a minimum of three things a malicious actor needs: A username, a password, and a target. Often…

Wassenaar Arrangement - Recommendations for cybersecurity export controls

The U.S. Departments of Commerce and State will renegotiate an international agreement – called the Wassenaar Arrangement – that would place broad new export controls on cybersecurity-related software. An immediate question is how the Arrangement should be revised. Rapid7 drafted some initial revisions to the Arrangement…

Rapid7, Bugcrowd, and HackerOne file pro-researcher comments on DMCA Sec. 1201

On Mar. 3rd, Rapid7, Bugcrowd, and HackerOne submitted joint comments to the Copyright Office urging them to provide additional protections for security researchers. The Copyright Office requested public input as part of a study on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Our…

I've joined Rapid7!

Hello! My name is Harley Geiger and I joined Rapid7 as director of public policy, based out of our Washington, DC-area office. I actually joined a little more than a month ago, but there's been a lot going on! I'm excited to be a part…

12 Days of HaXmas: Political Pwnage in 2015

This post is the ninth in the series, "The 12 Days of HaXmas."2015 was a big year for cybersecurity policy and legislation; thanks to the Sony breach at the end of 2014 year, we kicked the new year off with a renewed focus on…

Obama: Data Custodians are Accountable

Yesterday, President Obama announced he's proposing new legislation to boost data privacy and custodianship on a national level. As there's a lot to tackle here, I'm breaking my thoughts into a handful of areas. The need for a Federal mandate on breach notifications and data…

Federal Friday - 11.7.14 - Up in the Clouds...

Happy Friday, Federal friends! I hope everyone had a festive Halloween! According to the commercials I've been seeing on starting on 11/1 I guess we're skipping Thanksgiving this year and jumping right into the Holiday Season... So the time has finally come, Fed is…

Federal Friday - 10.24.14 - NCSAM Week 4

Happy Friday, Federal friends! Can anyone else believe next week is Halloween? Feels like only yesterday I was talking about the start of the MLB season and now we're through 2 games of the World Series...So this week is the 4th week of National…

Federal Friday - 10.17.14 - Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Happy Friday, Federal friends. I hope the 2nd full week of FY15 is going well for you. Feels like we have the last 2 warm days of the year coming up this weekend thanks in part to this little graphic from NOAA.October, one of…