Last updated at Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:12:09 GMT

The 2012 season has started for the Collegiate Cyber Defence Competitions (CCDCs). At Rapid7, we think these events are excellent for the community to train the next generation of cyber defenders. Typically, the students learning experimence starts with the Red Team taking over their servers, messing with passwords, and formatting hard drives remotely. Most students will have their spirits crushed within the first couple of hours, followed by a steep learning curve.

We appreciate that the CCDCs are a community-driven event with limited funding, so we are committed to offering free software to the Red Teams for the duration of the contest, including Metasploit Pro and Nexpose Enterprise.

With Nexpose Enterprise, the Red Teams can scan the target systems for vulnerabilities to identify attack angles for Metasploit Pro. By installing Metasploit Pro on a server, the Red Teams can collaborate on their penetration tests so they can see each others' hosts, vulnerabilities, credentials and sessions.

If you are an organizer of a regional or the national CCDC events, simply contact us at so we can help you out!