Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development , Threat Intelligence , Video

Rapid7 CEO Corey Thomas on Targeting Phishing Infrastructure

Thomas Shares How the IntSights Acquisition Made Threat Intelligence Actionable
Corey Thomas, chairman and CEO, Rapid7 (Image: Rapid7)

Many organizations have struggled with the increasing volume of phishing attacks, and they lack the threat intelligence to protect employees from the many tactics and spoofed websites being used by threat actors.

See Also: The Operationalization of Threat Intelligence Programs

Rapid7's acquisition of IntSights in 2021 is offering customers more visibility into the threat landscape and the ability to go after the phishing infrastructure used by threat actors, CEO Corey Thomas says.

The IntSights technology helps Rapid7 determine the spoofed domains as well as the employees and social media accounts that adversaries have targeted, Thomas says. Rapid7 has leveraged IntSight's threat intelligence to infuse information about threat actor behavior into the company's products, he says (see: Cybereason, Rapid7 and Microsoft Announce Acquisitions).

"We thought that was value-add in an ecosystem that was primarily focused on threat intelligence and the deep and dark web," Thomas says. "Going after the external attack surface from a phishing infrastructure perspective was something that was strategic to lots of our customers."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Thomas also discusses:

  • How Rapid7 plans to streamline detecting and responding to cloud threats;
  • What sets Rapid7 apart from Qualys and Tenable in the vulnerability space;
  • How the economic downturn has affected Rapid7's strategy around M&A.

Thomas, who has led Rapid7 since 2012, became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2021 and was appointed class-C director and deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He serves on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts board of directors, LPL Financial board of directors and Vanderbilt University board of trust. He is an active angel investor to technology companies and an adviser to organizations undergoing tech transformation. Thomas previously served on the U.S. Commerce Department's Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Prior to Rapid7, he worked at Parallels, Microsoft, Deloitte Consulting and AT&T.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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