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RSA 2016: Filtering Through The Noise

The memory is a fickle beast. Perhaps this past RSA Conference was my 14th, or my 8th, or 7th…hmmm, they often run together. In truth this Conference has become such an ingrained part of my life that my wife often jokes about becoming a “RSA Widow” the week of the conference, and then dealing with my “RSAFLU” the next week. Well this year was different team, this year SHE got sick upon my return, along with two of the kids. Oh karma, that was just deserved. And while the fridge is now full of Ta

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We're back! Rapid7 at SXSW 2016

Last year was the first year we had a number of Rapid7 folks formally speaking at South-by-SouthWest (SXSW), the massive tech/music/culture conference in Austin, TX. Both Nick Percoco and Jay Radcliffe were official presenters and delivered phenomenal talks, which you can read about here in a blog from last year. We had such a great experience last year, that we wanted to do it again—and to our delight, SXSW invited us back! In fact, several members of Team Rapid7 will be making official presen

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Thoughts on my very first DerbyCon (which won't be my last)

[ETA: Added in James Lee []'s excellent State of the Metasploit Framework talk, which I stupidly omitted by accident!] Once you hang around in infosec for a little while, you learn that each of the major cons have their own reputation, their own mini-scene. This one's got the great parties, that one has the best speakers, that other one is where the fresh research is presented, et cetera. One I kept hearing lots of good things about -- full of great content and really g

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#IoTsec AMA on Reddit: Sept. 9 @ 3:30pm EST with Mark Stanislav & Tod Beardsley

[update 3pm EST Sept 9] This AMA is now live! The direct link is here: Join us and ask your questions! Following up on their research on IoT baby monitor vulns [], Mark Stanislav [] & Tod Beardsley [] will be doing an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit in r/IAMA this Wednesday, September 9, at 3:30pm EST. They'll be a

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Rapid7 Takes Las Vegas: Black Hat, BSidesLV & DEF CON ... Talks, Parties & Giveaways... phew!

First things first: You must be registered & confirmed to be able to attend our 2015 Black Hat party. [] I can't emphasize this enough: Unlike previous years, we are not doing any kind of at-the-door registration for our party this year. If your plan was to live in the spirit of utter spontaneity, roll up to the club and see if you can happen to get in without registering beforehand -- you're going to be disappointed, and we really don't want to see that happen! While w

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 5a - The Magic of People

Joining us for the first time? This post is part of a series that starts right here [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1]. So this post is a bit of a bonus. I've asked my dear friend Quinton Jones [] to share some wisdom and inspiration on how he injects passion and energy into his introductions. He's simply unforgettable, one of the greatest customer champions and business development folks I know, thanks to his passion for people. Please enj

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Weekly Metasploit Wrapup: T-Shirts, T-Shirts, And Some Modules

Black Hat T-Shirts! Well, it's a week or so until DEF CON 23, and since you're all busy prepping all your demos and presentations and panels and things, I figured I should remind you that among all your gear, you should probably toss some clothes in your bag before you head out the door. In case this slips your mind, though, don't sweat, we have you covered. Pictured at right is the winning design from the annual Metasploit T-Shirt contest, submitted by LewisFX [

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 8: Trip Reporting

This is the eighth and final post in our Black Hat Attendee Guide series—you can start from the beginning right here [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1]. Big gulps, if you've made it this far in the guide—you've arrived, this is the last post. When you get back from Vegas, you'll probably have a couple of reports you're staring in the face. First is the expense report. (Pro-Tip: Take cell phone pictures of everything you spend a dime on!) Before you leave, double check the mini

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 7a: Electronic Survival

If you're just joining us, this post is part of a Black Hat Attendee Guide series that starts right here [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1] .** When traveling to industry conferences, most people prepare their electronic companions (laptops, cell phones, etc) by asking: “Did I pack the right charger in my carry on?” The premier gathering of the world's best and brightest hackers might be a great opportunity for you to up your travel security game. This post serves as a quick gui

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 7: Your Survival Kit

Joining us for the first time? This post is part seven of a series that starts right here [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1]. Hacker Summer Camp is no joke, and you've got to have a game plan when you head for Vegas. If you don't travel frequently, this is for you. Ignoring sartorial conundrums and basic hygiene, this post is focused on keeping your body operating at peak… or at least somewhat operational. Vegas: It's nothing like home for most of us. Desert allergens, low humi

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 6: The Sponsor Hall, Arsenal, and more

If you are just joining us, this is the sixth post in the series starting here [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1]. Conferences are magical and serendipitous. YouTube can't capture the electricity you remember in the room as you tell someone “I watched Barnaby jackpot an ATM,” as others echo back “I was there that year too!” At technical conferences, the content leads the way—it is what brings us to the show. Catching up on that research and work being done at “the tip of the spe

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 5 - Meaningful Introductions

If you are just joining us, this is the fifth post in the series starting here [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1]. Making An Introduction I might be wrong, but I'll argue that networking is a transitive verb, so ENGAGE! The real magic starts happening as you progress: * Level 1-- Start with a “Hi, my name is… ” Yes, it's that simple, thanks to Slim Shady [] * Level 2-- Demonstrate that you have an idea of the world the other person li

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 4 - Guest Post: Talking to the Media & Press

My friend Miss @VioletBlue [] has shared some wisdom on connecting with the press at Black Hat in this guest post below. Enjoy! So, you're going to Black Hat 2015 []… As Mr. Trey Ford succinctly described in the Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 1 [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1], you're going to Infosec Zombieland. Infosec Zombieland is a unique apocalyptic landscape, besides which requiring comfortable shoes and a strong liv

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 3 - Networking Like A Boss

If you are just joining us, this is the third post in the series starting here [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1]. Networking Like A Pro Black Hat will clear 9,000 attendees this year, and it is really easy to feel really small in a crowd that big. The vast majority of folks you'll see there will only know a few people at the show—it is your duty to change that for them. This blog post won't make you the best conversationalist at the conference, but it should be enough to get

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The Black Hat Attendee Guide Part 2 - The Briefings

If you are just joining us, this is the second post in the series starting here [/2015/07/13/the-black-hat-attendee-guide-part-1]. Content is king. Research is what binds us, and you should not be surprised that some of the best in the game focus their annual research calendar on the Black Hat USA CFP. Offensive security research is the tail that wags the dog—many vendors and architects spend the year trying to get back in front of some of the bombs dropped at Black Hat each year. There's a