Last updated at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:37:45 GMT

First off: Hi! I'm the new community manager here at Rapid7. And like many in the security community, I'll be heading to Vegas for Black Hat, BSidesLV and DEF CON in a little more than a week. I'm looking forward to diving right in to meeting the community and learning from some of the smartest professionals in the industry. I've prepped by reading last year's Black Hat Attendee Guide and if you're heading to Vegas, I recommend you take a look, too.

I'd also like to introduce you to someone else. The Rapid7 Moose.

At Rapid7, we refer to ourselves as "Moose" because the plural and the singular is the same word. When we refer to ourselves as moose, we are saying that while we all strive for excellence as individuals, we are stronger working together as a team with shared goals.  And we firmly believe this extends to our customers and community. After all, by working together, the community is able to support and educate each other to keep fighting for better security.

To demonstrate this philosophy about community-based security, and the power of working together, we will be introducing the Moose at our Black Hat Booth, #532.  We're talking about a nine-foot moose here, so we encourage you to come by and take some photos with the Moose and share them on Twitter to enter our Black Hat sweeps.

Here's the scoop:

Take a picture with our moose, tag #BHUSA and @rapid7 to be entered to win an Oculus Rift. Can't come to the booth? Just share a moose pun or joke with @rapid7 and tag #BHUSA and you'll be entered as well! Sweeps will open on August 3 and close on August 5 (plenty of time to get those pics uploaded or jokes shared after exhibits close). See below for official terms and conditions.

Rapid7 Black Hat Twitter Sweeps
Terms & Conditions

The promotion is only open to residents in the United States and Canada who must be aged 18 or over.

No purchase is necessary to participate in the sweeps. Eligibility is dependent on following the entry rules outlined in this guide. Multiple entries will be accepted; however, no third party or bulk entries will be accepted. Entry submissions may not contain, as determined by Rapid7, any content that is obscene or offensive or violates any law.

To enter: On Twitter, share a post that includes either 1) a picture of the moose from Black Hat Booth #532 and the tag #BHUSA and @rapid7 or 2) a moose pun and the tag #BHUSA and @rapid7.

The sweeps will open on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 09:00:01 a.m. PT and close on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 09:59:59 p.m. PT. Entries made after these times will not be accepted.

One winner will be picked at random from the received eligible entries for the sweeps. The draw will take place by Tuesday, August 9 by 11:59:59 p.m. ET. The winner will be notified via the Rapid7 Twitter page and will have 48 hours to respond via direct message to claim the prize. If the prize is unclaimed after 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.

The prize for this sweeps is an Oculus Rift (estimated value $599) and will be shipped as soon as possible after the date of response from the winner. Prize is non-transferable or exchangeable. No cash or credit alternative is available. Should the prize become unavailable for any reason, Rapid7 reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of approximately equivalent or greater value. The winner list can be obtained after Monday, August 22, 2016 by emailing community @ rapid7 (dot) com.

Sweeps host is Rapid7 LLC, 100 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110.

By entering the sweeps, you agree to these terms and conditions. Employees and the immediate families of Rapid7 may not participate.

If you have any concerns or questions related to these terms and conditions, please email community @ rapid7 (dot) com.