Rapid7 Research

The Minds Behind the Research

Get to know the minds who transform near-infinite data into novel insights: our Data Science and R7 Labs teams.

Our Researchers and Data Scientists

Tas Giakouminakis

Tas Giakouminakis

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

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Tas Giakouminakis

Tas Giakouminakis

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Tas leads the development and integration of Rapid7’s award-winning solutions, driving the technical direction to enable customers through quality, simplicity, and innovation. Prior to founding Rapid7, Tas helped form Percussion Software, where he led the development of Percussion's first product. He has also developed software in the security and risk areas for CitiCorp.

Lee Weiner

Lee Weiner

Chief Product Officer

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Lee Weiner

Lee Weiner

Chief Product Officer

Lee Weiner brings a wealth of security and product leadership experience to Rapid7, where he is responsible for leading the directions and delivery of Rapid7's entire product portfolio. Before becoming Chief Product Officer, Lee was VP of Products at LogMeIn, Inc., a provider of cloud-based remote connectivity solutions. He has also held leadership roles at several software security firms, including Netegrity, Inc., IMlogic, Inc., and Symantec Corporation. Lee received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

Bob Rudis

Bob Rudis

Chief Data Scientist

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Bob Rudis

Bob Rudis

Chief Data Scientist

Bob Rudis has over 20 years of experience using data to help defend global Fortune 100 companies and is currently [Master] Chief Data Scientist at Rapid7, where he specializes in research on internet-scale exposure. He was formerly a Security Data Scientist & Managing Principal at Verizon, overseeing the team that produces the annual Data Breach Investigations Report. Bob is a serial tweeter (@hrbrmstr), avid blogger (rud.is), R (#rstats) avunculur, author (Data-Driven Security), speaker, and regular contributor to the open source community.

 

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Curt Barnard

Curt Barnard

Principal Security Researcher

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Curt Barnard

Curt Barnard

Principal Security Researcher

Curt Barnard is a cyber security professional with 15 years of experience across both the public and private sector. At Rapid7, Curt is a Principal Security Researcher working with projects Sonar and Heisenberg, analyzing internet-wide security issues with global impact. Before joining the team at Rapid7, Curt spent time breaking software with the Department of Defense, vetting cyber security companies for venture capital firms, and building his own startup from the ground up. When he isn't busy popping calc.exe, Curt enjoys changing your desktop's wallpaper and moving your icons around.

Tod Beardsley

Tod Beardsley

Research Director

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Tod Beardsley

Tod Beardsley

Research Director

Tod Beardsley is the director of research at Rapid7. He has over 20 years of hands-on security experience, stretching from in-band telephony switching to modern IoT implementations. He has held IT Ops and IT Security positions in large organizations such as 3Com, Dell, and Westinghouse, as both an offensive and defensive practitioner. Today, Tod directs the myriad security research programs and initiatives at Rapid7. He can be uniquely identified at https://keybase.io/todb.

 

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Matt Berninger

Matt Berninger

Principal Data Scientist

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Matt Berninger

Matt Berninger

Principal Data Scientist

Matt Berninger is a Principal Data Scientist on the OCTO Team, passionately pursuing evil at scale using data science and forensic tools. Prior to joining Rapid7 he led research and incident response activities in both the public and private sectors. He has degrees in Cyber Warfare and Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School and Mathematics from Columbia University. He enjoys baseball, math, and baseball math.

Andreas Galauner

Andreas Galauner

Senior Security Researcher

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Andreas Galauner

Andreas Galauner

Senior Security Researcher

Andy is a full-time nerd and always liked everything about computers. He got into IT-Security during his studies of computer science and just got stuck with it while doing private security related projects and learning more stuff about IT-security with like-minded friends. In the Rapid7 Labs team he is mostly responsible for building honeypots. In his free time he plays CTF for a big German CTF team and likes to tinker around with embedded computing systems - both building and hacking them.

Erick Galinkin

Erick Galinkin

Principal Artificial Intelligence Researcher

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Erick Galinkin

Erick Galinkin

Principal Artificial Intelligence Researcher

Erick Galinkin is a hacker and artificial intelligence researcher whose passion is in finding ways to both apply AI to security and apply security to AI. His experience spans the spectrum of information security, including threat intelligence, vulnerability discovery, data science, and malware analysis. As part of Rapid7’s OCTO Team, he conducts research and informs policy on the cybersecurity implications of artificial intelligence. Erick has presented his research at leading industry and academic conferences and actively writes papers for academic journals. Outside of Rapid7, Erick does research on the theory of deep learning and privacy preserving machine learning while pursuing his PhD at Drexel University.

Deral Heiland

Deral Heiland

Research Lead, IoT

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Deral Heiland

Deral Heiland

Research Lead, IoT

Deral Heiland, CISSP, has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, and has held multiple positions including: Senior Network Analyst, Network Administrator, Database Manager, Financial Systems Manager and Senior Information Security Analyst. Over the last 8+ years Heiland’s career has focused on security research, security assessments, penetration testing, and consulting for corporations and government agencies. Heiland has conducted security research on numerous technical subjects, releasing white papers, security advisories, and presenting at numerous national and international security conferences including Blackhat, Defcon, Shmoocon, DerbyCon, Hackcon Norway, and Hack In Paris. Heiland’s commentary has appeared in several media outlets and publications including ABC World News, Bloomberg UTV, MIT Technical Review, MSNBC, SC Magazine, Threat Post and The Register.

 

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Roy Hodgman

Roy Hodgman

Lead Data Scientist

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Roy Hodgman

Roy Hodgman

Lead Data Scientist

Roy Hodgman is a Lead Data Scientist at Rapid7 where he works with a team of data scientists to identify, understand and protect against new security threats using machine learing and other statistical techniques. His current focus is on developing systems that autonomously find, evaluate and contextualize security incidents. Prior to joining Rapid7, Roy spent more than a decade in the security industry working on authentication, biometric and fraud detection problems.

 

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Patrick Kiley

Patrick Kiley

Principal Security Consultant & Research Lead

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Patrick Kiley

Patrick Kiley

Principal Security Consultant & Research Lead

Patrick Kiley (GXPN, GPEN, GAWN, GCIH, CISSP, MCSE) has over 18 years of information security experience working with both private sector employers and the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). While he was with the NNSA he built the NNSA's SOC and spent several years working for emergency teams. Patrick has performed research in Avionics security and Internet connected transportation platforms. Patrick has experience in all aspects of penetration testing, security engineering, hardware hacking, IoT, Autonomous Vehicles and CAN bus.

Kwan Lin

Kwan Lin

Principal Data Scientist

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Kwan Lin

Kwan Lin

Principal Data Scientist

Kwan is a Senior Data Scientist on the Rapid7 Labs team. His day to day activities often involve analyzing large-scale honeypot or Internet-scan data, applying statistical and machine learning methods to address research or operational challenges, and producing data visualizations to communicate findings to broad audiences. Kwan is a former Certified Public Accountant and holds degrees in International Security and Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Brown University.

Tom Sellers

Tom Sellers

Senior Manager, R7 Labs

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Tom Sellers

Tom Sellers

Senior Manager, R7 Labs

Tom Sellers is the senior manager of the Rapid7 Labs team. He has 20 years of experience in IT and Security. He has been responsible for defensive Information Security for companies in the finance, service provider, and security software industries. A strong believer in Open Source, he has contributed to Nmap since 2007 as well as created multiple modules for the Metasploit Project. Today, he and his team leverage efforts such as Projects Sonar and Heisenberg to support research as well as provide insights and context to public.

 

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Vasudha Shivamoggi

Vasudha Shivamoggi

Senior Data Scientist

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Vasudha Shivamoggi

Vasudha Shivamoggi

Senior Data Scientist

Vasudha is a data scientist on the Rapid7 OCTO team. She develops predictive models to better understand the nature of security threats and vulnerabilities. Prior to this, Vasudha has worked in retail analytics and quantum computing, and has a PhD in theoretical physics.

Wade Woolwine

Wade Woolwine

Principal Threat Intelligence Researcher

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Wade Woolwine

Wade Woolwine

Principal Threat Intelligence Researcher

Wade Woolwine focuses on blending data from the threat landscape, attack surface, and security programs to help organizations prioritize, build, and mature capabilities to lower the risk and impact of threats. With over 20 years of experience in technology and security, Wade has spent time in IT and engineering in the Federal Government, built security programs for Aol and Rapid7 Strategic Services, investigated some of the biggest breaches of the last decade with Mandiant, and built Rapid7’s Managed Detection and Response service. Wade is the principal author behind Rapid7’s threat report and the findings from his research are published on the Rapid7 blog, LinkedIn, and Medium.

Remembering Jon Hart
Remembering Jon Hart
1980–2019

Jon Hart, dedicated security professional and researcher, spent the last several years at the helm of Rapid7 Labs’ Project Sonar conducting internet-wide surveys of security issues, the results of which were included in countless vulnerability disclosures, research papers, blog posts, and Rapid7 product capabilities. The security industry as a whole has been fundamentally shaped by his work, and he is truly missed as a colleague and great friend.