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Vulnerability Management  

Patch Tuesday - March 2018

There are a lot of fixes this month: Microsoft's updates include patches for 76 separate vulnerabilities, including two critical Adobe Flash Player remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities. In fact all of this month's critical vulnerabilities are browser-related. This is not surprising considering web browsers are…

AWS Asset Sync Connection: More Visibility into your AWS Infrastructure

We recently announced the release of an updated AWS discovery connection for our vulnerability management solutions, Nexpose and InsightVM. This new connection is more efficient and works to the user’s advantage; to do this, it leverages a different workflow than the old connection does.…

An Impressively Unprecedented Drop in Open memcached Services

(Many thanks to Jon Hart and Tom Sellers for their research and content for this blog post.) We started performing weekly monitoring of open/amplification-vulnerable memcached servers after the recent memcrashed amplification distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack and today we have some truly awesome news to…

CIS Critical Control 9: Limitation and Control of Ports, Protocols, and Services

This is a continuation of our CIS Critical Control Series blog series. Need help addressing these controls? See why SANS listed Rapid7 as the top solution provider addressing the CIS top 20 controls. If you’ve ever driven on a major metropolitan highway system, you’…

Patch Tuesday - February 2018

It's a run-of-the-mill month as far as Patch Tuesdays go. Even so, 50 individual CVEs have been fixed by Microsoft, most of which (34) are rated "Important". As usual, most of the 14 considered "Critical" are web browser vulnerabilities that could…

Vulnerability Management Year in Review, Part 3: Remediate

The wide impact of the Petya-like ransomware in 2017, mere weeks after WannaCry exploited many of the same vulnerabilities, illustrated the challenge that enterprises have with remediating even major headline-grabbing vulnerabilities, let alone the many vulnerabilities that don’t get news coverage. To this end,…

Incorporating Automated Actions Into Your Vulnerability Management Process

In today’s security climate, we all want to know that our data is as current as possible. Often, customers will increase their vulnerability scanning frequency to weekly or even daily to meet the needs of an ever-changing environment. However, this requires a lot of…

A RESTful API for InsightVM

With 2017 firmly in the rear-view mirror, we peer forward into 2018 and thanks to genre-bending vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre the future would seem a bit blurry. Louis Pasteur is attributed with the quote: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Pasteur’s work precedes information…

3 Questions to Ask When Prioritizing Web Application Vulnerabilities

Dynamic application security testing (DAST) often results in a constantly evolving list of security vulnerabilities. When scanning a web application in production or in an active testing environment, issues can crop up as quickly as changes happen within the app. And when exposed to the…

The 4 Big Differences Between Network Security and Web Application Security

Tomato, tomato, potato, potato, network security and web application security. Two things that may seem similar, they are actually quite different. Network security (also known as vulnerability assessment or vulnerability management) has been around for quite some time and is something most security practitioners today…

Patch Tuesday - January 2018

The first Microsoft patches of 2018 came early, with new updates released late Wednesday, January 3rd. Although this was due to the (somewhat) coordinated disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, last week’s updates also contained fixes for 33 additional CVEs. These days, Microsoft…

Vulnerability Management: A Year in Review - Prioritize

2017 has already broken the record for the most number of vulnerabilities reported. With more software being produced and more researchers focused on finding vulnerabilities, this trend will probably continue. Understanding where to focus and which vulnerabilities to fix first is more important than ever.…

Meltdown and Spectre: What you need to know (CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754)

After waking up from a long winter’s nap, you may have heard the lamentations about the “Intel Kernel Leak” vulnerability, or the “Kernel Speculative Execution” vulnerability, or, now, the “Meltdown and Spectre” vulnerabilities. This is a quick post to let you know just how…

Vulnerability Management Year in Review, Part 1: Collect

Sometimes, it seems change is the only permanent thing in information security. To help deal with change on your terms, we set out to help maintain visibility to your environment as it is presented to you. How? By efficiently collecting vulnerability data at scale.…

HaXmas Review: A Year of Patch Tuesdays

Today’s installment of the 12 Days of HaXmas is about 2017’s 12 months of Patch Tuesdays. Never mind that there were only eleven months this year, thanks to Microsoft canceling most of February’s planned fixes. This coincided with when they’d planned…

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National Exposure Index 2018

The National Exposure Index is an exploration of data derived from Project Sonar, Rapid7's security research project that gains insights into global exposure to common vulnerabilities through internet-wide surveys.

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Make Your SIEM Project a Success with Rapid7

In this toolkit, get access to Gartner's report “Overcoming Common Causes for SIEM Solution Deployment Failures,” which details why organizations are struggling to unify their data and find answers from it. Also get the Rapid7 companion guide with helpful recommendations on approaching your SIEM needs.

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Quarterly Threat Report

Rapid7’s Quarterly Threat Report leverages intelligence from our extensive network—including the Insight platform, managed detection and response engagements, Project Sonar, Heisenberg Cloud, and the Metasploit community—to put today’s shifting threat landscape into perspective. It gives you a clear picture of the threats that you face within your unique industry, and how those threats change throughout the year.

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