Last updated at Fri, 17 May 2024 14:01:14 GMT

In just a few short days, some of the best minds in cybersecurity will come together at Take Command to discuss the most pressing challenges and opportunities we face as an industry. The sessions include in-depth discussions on attacker trends and behaviors, a look into the Rapid7 SOC, top guest speakers with unique insights into the cybersecurity landscape, and, of course, a healthy helping of Rapid7’s own expert team.

To whet the whistle ahead of Tuesday’s discussion, we’ve reached out to some of our speakers for insights around what the Take Command Summit will offer.

For the security practitioners:

We asked our team members what they think security practitioners will take away from the summit. Jeffrey Gardner, Field CTO for the Americas talked about bringing best practices to the forefront and acting as a guide with years of experience to share.

“They will learn proven strategies on how to address issues all practitioners and security leaders face as well as insights that were learned through years of experience.”

Devin Krugly, a Strategic Security Advisor at Rapid7 echoed this sentiment with a more in-the-thick-of-it approach.

“Security pros will learn how to better prepare for the inevitable and learn from a SoC team that sees a far greater variety of threats and bad actors than any one company’s team of analysts.”

For the team leaders and decision makers:

Understanding how to lead a team of security practitioners during an era of almost constant change is no small feat. CISOs and other leaders face a constantly shifting security landscape and the need to create cohesive strategies to combat often nebulous adversaries.

Eddy Bobritsky, a Senior Director of Product Management talked about building those strategies by focusing efforts where they are most effective.


“These sessions will help CISOs to build an adaptive strategy focusing on some key elements and approaches at before, during and after the attack phases. They will learn that it is not always about faster detection but rather about reducing attack surface and investing in prevention and it will give them an idea on how to leverage MDR to help them to execute on this strategy.”

There is more than one critical component to leading a team and Sophia Dozier, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Rapid7 explained the benefits of having diverse viewpoints and experiences on the team.

“They [leaders] will understand how weaving principles of DEI into your company's processes provides a unique advantage over those that do not prioritize building multi-dimensional organizations. Actively embracing diversity and working to reflect the global markets that leverage your product, affords companies access to a wealth of knowledge and insight that contributes to their resilience and therefore long-term success.”

For the researchers and the security community:

There is a sentiment in the security community that rings true regardless of where in the chain of command one sits: know your adversary. For this, research and a community of thoughtful security professionals sharing information is absolutely essential.

Jeffrey Gardner, our Field CTO from earlier summed it up well by pointing out how understanding how your adversary is operating right now will help teams determine the most effective places to put their resources.

“Security researchers will learn the newest attack trends and statistics, thus enabling them to better prioritize their research efforts and spread understanding throughout the communities they are involved with.”

Devin Krugly shared a similar thought but couldn’t help but throw in some love for how Rapid7 is constantly and consistently using our world-class research teams to stay ahead of our adversaries.

“They will get a new perspective on attack trends, threat actor group tactics, and information on how Rapid7 is innovating to meet these challenges head on!”

These are just a few of the insights and perspectives you will receive from the Rapid7 Take Command Summit. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here. We hope you will join us on May 21 but if you miss it, have no fear, you can view the entire day’s programming on-demand after the fact.