Last updated at Thu, 16 May 2024 18:11:49 GMT

This past Friday, April 19, the University of South Florida (USF) College of Engineering recognized individuals and organizations who have greatly impacted USF and beyond at its ninth annual Engineering Honors Awards at The Armature Works in Tampa. I had the honor of joining my colleagues, including Rapid7 CEO, Corey Thomas, who accepted the Corporate Impact Award on behalf of the company.

The Corporate Impact Award is among the highest and most prestigious recognitions given by the College of Engineering. It recognizes Rapid7’s significant contributions to the College and its students. Receiving this award is incredibly gratifying for the Rapid7 Labs team as well as the greater Rapid7 organization.

Rapid7 CEO Corey Thomas accepts the Corporate Impact Award from Dr. Sanjukta Bhanja, Executive Associate Dean of the USF College of Engineering.

In February 2023, the Rapid7 Cybersecurity Foundation invested in USF to create the Rapid7 Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab. Furthermore, Rapid7 is actively working with a multi-disciplinary team at USF to research and develop training to better educate students for taking SOC roles, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

Equally important has been Rapid7’s enthusiasm for directly working with researchers, professors, and students. Our Open Data Initiative provides real-world data derived from internet scans and honeypot data. We support research into training future SOC professionals by exposing them to teams working to protect our networks. A significant number of our teammates in Rapid7’s Tampa office are graduates from University of South Florida, a trend we aim to continue.

Rapid7’s USF partners, along with CEO Corey Thomas, at our Tampa office.

The future of Rapid7 and USF is bright, especially with the recent announcement of the formation of the College of AI and Cybersecurity at University of South Florida.

Rapid7 would like to not only thank the USF College of Engineering for recognizing our efforts in supporting the College, but more importantly, we want to thank them for being a great partner in driving research in the cybersecurity field as well as working alongside us to train the next generation of professionals. The future of cybersecurity depends on helping today’s students gain the tools they need to be successful, an area where University of South Florida excels.