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We believe security is the responsibility of all technology users, manufacturers, and intermediaries and that collaboration is the only way to achieve long-term change. That’s why we’re committed to openly sharing security information, helping our peers to learn, grow, and develop new capabilities, and supporting each other in raising and addressing issues that affect the cybersecurity community.

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What a Difference a Year Makes: Revisiting Our Inaugural Fortune 500 ICER One Year Later
A primary goal of our Industry Cyber Exposure Reports (ICERs) is to provide insight into how well cybersecurity controls are being implemented across the globe, with the hope that this external, composite view will effect noticeable, positive change that will make us all safer when we venture online....
boB Rudis
Okt 18, 2019
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Rapid7 Introduces Industry Cyber-Exposure Report: Deutsche Börse Prime Standard 320
Today, Rapid7 released our fifth Industry Cyber-Exposure Report (ICER) examining the overall exposure of the companies listed in the Deutsche Börse Prime Standard index. The 320 companies surveyed is a selection of some of the largest companies in Germany, maintained by Deutsche Börse Group. Most of...
Tod Beardsley
Okt 10, 2019
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R7-2019-32: Denial-of-Service Vulnerabilities in Beckhoff TwinCAT PLC Environment
Rapid7 researcher Andreas Galauner has discovered two vulnerabilities affecting the TwinCAT PLC environment. The first, CVE-2019-5637 describes a denial-of-service (DoS) condition resulting from a divide-by-zero error CWE-369 when processing a malformed UDP packet, and has a CVSSv3 base score of 7.5....
Tod Beardsley
Okt 08, 2019
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Impact Across Industries
Rapid7 researchers constantly work to uncover unknowns as far as technology reaches.
Consumer Technology
It’s hard to imagine our lives without tech glued to our hands. Reality is, security risks are present in even the most unassuming, commonplace devices. Over the years, our researchers have discovered and made public several critical vulnerabilities capable of compromising your personal data and safety in everything from printers, baby monitors, vehicles, and even children’s toys.
Business Technology
It’s no big secret that security has far-reaching impacts on a business—including on its bottom line. The work of our researchers has helped global organizations secure their internal processes, as well as the safety of the customers who rely on them; these improvements can be seen in medical devices, healthcare software, broadcasting equipment, corporate networks, and more.
Public Infrastructure
While most of us don’t spend our days thinking about critical infrastructure, it’s core to the functioning of our world as we know it. Therefore, as the need to innovate it grows, so does our need to secure it. Given our collective dependency on infrastructure, our researchers make it a priority to investigate how to secure emerging tech like smart sensors, while our Public Policy efforts aim to help governments adopt these innovations securely.

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R7-2019-32: Denial-of-Service Vulnerabilities in Beckhoff TwinCAT PLC Environment
Rapid7 researcher Andreas Galauner has discovered two vulnerabilities affecting the TwinCAT PLC environment. The first, CVE-2019-5637 describes a denial-of-service (DoS) condition resulting from a divide-by-zero error CWE-369 when processing a malformed UDP packet, and has a CVSSv3 base score of 7.5....
Tod Beardsley
Okt 08, 2019
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August 2019 Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDP) Patches: What You Need to Know
Deja vu all over again In a recent blog post we noted that attackers have been working on exploits for the “BlueKeep” RDP vulnerability for months and there has been a consistent, major uptick in opportunistic/malicious scanning for internet-facing RDP systems, including a few campaigns that have been...
boB Rudis
Aug 13, 2019
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R7-2019-18: Multiple Hickory Smart Lock Vulnerabilities
Rapid7 offers IoT Security Testing Services as part of our portfolio of assessment services, and as a result, from time to time, our researchers uncover IoT vulnerabilities in hardware, mobile apps, and cloud infrastructure as part of ongoing academic efforts. This disclosure represents one such independent,...
Tod Beardsley
Aug 01, 2019
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Tas Giakouminakis
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