Press Release

February 20, 2014

Rapid7 and VMware Collaborate to Improve Business Agility While Mitigating IT Risk

Interoperability of VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform with Rapid7 Nexpose Simplifies Security in Virtualized Environments

Boston, MA - February 20, 2014 - Rapid7, a leading provider of IT security data and analytics software and services, today announced that Rapid7 Nexpose interoperates with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to provide insight into threats and advanced risk management capabilities for virtualized environments. Rapid7 and VMware enable organizations to realize the value of Rapid7’s advanced security services across the software-defined data center while supporting customers’ speed and agility requirements.

"Rapid7 is committed to simplifying and improving security, enabling our customers to maximize the productivity of their teams," said Lee Weiner, Senior Vice President of Products and Engineering at Rapid7. "Nexpose and VMware NSX enable teams to automate many network management processes, without sacrificing visibility into network risk."

The VMware NSX network virtualization platform is the next major advancement in the software-defined data center. VMware NSX delivers a completely new operational model for networking and security, in effect a hypervisor for the network, to allow data center operators to provision network and security services at the same speed at which they provision computer resources. This enables organizations to rapidly deploy applications and services.

Nexpose and VMware NSX enable organizations to maximize these efficiency gains, while enhancing the visibility they need to effectively manage risk. Working with VMware NSX, Nexpose can perform scans directly through the hypervisor, reducing network bandwidth requirements and impact to virtual machines. Nexpose is capable of identifying and scanning virtual machines, regardless of network segment, ensuring security teams don’t need to be aware of changes to the network topology that might impact security measures.

"Organizations need to be agile, with the flexibility to quickly deploy and modify applications and all associated networking and security services on-demand," said Hatem Naguib, Vice President, Networking and Security at VMware. "Our collaboration with Rapid7 enables security and IT teams to deliver enhanced productivity and agility to the organization, while managing vulnerability risk."

Combining Nexpose and VMware NSX simplifies and automates many of the traditional challenges with current vulnerability assessment methods. This is a critical step towards real-time vulnerability and risk management with the following benefits:

  • Real-time visibility through continuous discovery and vulnerability assessment of virtual machines on the network, regardless of network segmentation and topology.
  • Reduced administration costs through automatic setup and configuration of Nexpose, without the need for dedicated security resources.
  • Real-time protection of virtual assets through a centralized management console that integrates Nexpose risk data and enables users to implement security controls directly, including quarantining risky machines.
  • Increased scanning performance through minimized network bandwidth and reduced impact on virtual machine as scanning is done directly through the hypervisor.

To learn more about the solution, please contact us at info@rapid7.com.

About Rapid7

Rapid7's IT security data and analytics solutions collect, contextualize and analyze the security data you need to fight an increasingly deceptive and pervasive adversary. Unlike traditional vulnerability assessment or incident management, Rapid7 solutions uniquely provide insight into the security state of your assets and users across virtual, mobile, private and public cloud networks. They enable you to fully manage your risk, simplify compliance, and identify, investigate and stop threats faster. Our threat intelligence, informed by members of the Metasploit open source community and the industry-leading Rapid7 Labs, provides relevant context, real-time updates and prioritized risk. Our solutions are used by more than 25% of the Fortune 1000 and nearly 3,000 enterprise, government and small business organizations across 78 countries. To learn more about Rapid7 or get involved in our threat research, visit www.rapid7.com.

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