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. Rudis is a serial tweeter (@hrbrmstr), avid blogger (rud.is), author (Data-Driven Security), speaker and regular contributor to the open source community (github.com/hrbrmstr). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Information Risk Analysts, is on the editorial board of SANS Securing The Human program and was Co-chair of the 2014 Metricon security metrics/analytics conference. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Scranton.

 

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Derek Abdine

Derek Abdine

Senior Director, R7Labs

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Derek Abdine

Derek Abdine

Senior Director, R7Labs

Derek Abdine has been making the internet a safer place for over a decade. Hacker at heart, security researcher by trade, Derek applies his background in packet dissection, plaintext and binary protocols, and dynamic and static code patching to shine light on vulnerabilities; his research has been disclosed both publicly and privately with Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Derek has been leading the charge against global cyber security threats as Senior Director of Rapid7 Labs, where he and his team collect and analyze over 3.6 billion IP addresses to share insights with the infosec community. He also enjoys hacking games. If you’ve played Grand Theft Auto on multiplayer, you’ve seen his handiwork.

 

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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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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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Tom Sellers

Tom Sellers

Manager, R7 Labs

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Tom Sellers

Tom Sellers

Manager, R7 Labs

Tom Sellers is the 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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Jon Hart

Jon Hart

Senior Security Researcher

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Jon Hart

Jon Hart

Senior Security Researcher

Jon Hart has held a variety of positions in the security field over the last 15 years, including security research, penetration testing, security operations and product development, more than half of it at Rapid7. For the last several years, Jon has been at the helm of Rapid7 Labs' Project Sonar, conducting Internet-wide surveys of security issues, the results from which have been included in countless vulnerability disclosures, research papers, blog posts and Rapid7 product capabilities.

 

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Andreas Galauner

Andreas Galauner

Security Researcher

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Andreas Galauner

Andreas Galauner

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.

Kwan Lin

Kwan Lin

Senior Data Scientist

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Kwan Lin

Kwan Lin

Senior 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.

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 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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Vasudha Shivamoggi

Vasudha Shivamoggi

Data Scientist

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Vasudha Shivamoggi

Vasudha Shivamoggi

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.