Rapid7 Introduces Official Metasploit Support for New Kali Linux Free Security Auditing Toolkit

Closer Integration with the Enterprise-Ready Evolution of BackTrack Linux Offers More Seamless, Robust Penetration Testing Experience

Boston, MA — March 13, 2013

Rapid7, a leading provider of IT security risk management software and cloud solutions, today announced that it is working with Offensive Security to provide official Metasploit support for Kali Linux, the enterprise-ready evolution of BackTrack Linux. The free security auditing toolkit launched today at Black Hat Europe in Amsterdam.

The new Kali Linux incorporates more than 300 penetration testing and security auditing programs with a Linux operating system, delivering an all-in-one solution that enables IT administrators and security professionals to test the effectiveness of risk mitigation strategies. Metasploit is the most comprehensive exploit solution included with the package and is featured as one of the Kali Linux's "Top 10 Security Tools."

"When it comes to security, the best defense is offense; you need to test the effectiveness of your own security practices before a real intruder does it for you," said HD Moore, chief architect for Metasploit at Rapid7. "We built Metasploit to level the playing field for defenders; arming them with the same tools the attackers have. Offensive Security takes this even further, bringing hundreds of such tools together in Kali Linux to streamline security auditing."

Responding to the strong community demand for Metasploit on BackTrack Linux, Rapid7 reengineered Metasploit in accordance with the Debian standards on which Kali Linux is built. Metasploit users now benefit from a more integrated and robust experience with the toolkit, as well as Rapid7 technical support for Metasploit Pro users. Kali Linux makes BackTrack accessible to a broader audience of IT administrators and security generalists, and Metasploit Pro supports this with its user-friendly interface, reporting and automation capabilities.

"Metasploit has been one of the most important solutions for penetration testers on BackTrack," said Mati Aharoni, lead trainer and developer at Offensive Security. "As we were looking to make Kali Linux a more robust security auditing toolkit, it was critical to get Rapid7 on board to package this important and powerful software. We're very happy to see Rapid7 join us as an official Kali Linux contributor."

Pricing and Availability

Kali Linux is available for free download immediately and is supported by all editions of Metasploit. Learn more about which version of Metasploit is right for your needs here.

About Rapid7

Rapid7 security analytics software and services reduce threat exposure and detect compromise for 3,000 organizations across 78 countries, including over 250 of the Fortune 1000. We understand the attacker better than anyone and build that insight into our solutions to improve risk management and stop threats faster. We offer advanced capabilities for vulnerability management, penetration testing, controls assessment, incident detection and investigation across your assets and users for virtual, mobile, private and public cloud networks. To learn more about Rapid7 or get involved in our threat research, visit www.rapid7.com.

About Offensive Security

Founded in 2007, Offensive Security was born out of the belief that the only way to achieve sound defensive security is through an offensive approach. The team is made up of security professionals with extensive experience of attacking systems to see how they respond. They share this information through trainingsfree tools and publications. With the motto "Try Harder," the Company's trainings and certifications are well-respected and considered amongst the most rigorous available, creating a model adopted across the industry. In addition, the Exploit DatabaseMetasploit Unleashed and BackTrack Linux community projects are highly-regarded and used by security teams in governmental and commercial organizations across the world. For more information about Offensive Security, please visit www.offensive-security.com.

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