Rapid7 opens United 2013 security summit

Rapid7’s president and CEO Corey Thomas talks about the security supplier's show and sessions attendees should check out

Software vulnerability and penetration testing supplier Rapid7 is holding its United 2013 security summit this week in Boston, US.

Taking place at the Seaport Hotel, 200 Rapid7 customers are set to learn about security tips and tricks, demos and industry research.

Corey Thomas, president and chief executive officer of Rapid7, told Computer Weekly attendees can look forward to two core themes; hearing from thought leaders through research and hands-on experience.

“Customers here will learn how, as a security industry, we can address the horrible situation we’re in. They’ll hear from thought leaders, even outside of security, about risk assessment research and how to apply that. Then it’s about how to work with those customers that have mature risk management environments and how to deal with that,” he said.

Thomas highlighted John Halamka’s session as a must-see. Halamka from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will be discussing information security lessons learned from the Boston Marathon attack.

He said Chad Currier, from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, will talk on a subject that Thomas is very passionate about himself: “When your world is out of control he will demonstrate how you can make progress.”

Thomas also pointed out a presentation due to take place by Nate Silver, founder of FiveThirtyEight.com: “He takes a fascinating approach to data biases and the noise in the ecosystem. He shows how to find the data that really matters.”

Other sessions to watch out for this week include Hugh Thompson, co-author of The Plateau Effect, who will discuss attackers, plateaus and the future of IS and Maranda Cigna, senior IT security manager at FIS, who will talk about penetration testing.

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