Threat intelligence, Vulnerability management

RSAC Micro Interview – Elastic & Rapid7 – Mike Nichols, Tod Beardsley – ESW #174

It is no secret that elections are under constant attack. Attacks take many shapes and forms, from dis-information to malware to denial of service, its all in play as adversaries look to disrupt enemy infrastructure. Tod Beardsley, Director of Research at Rapid 7 brings unique and insightful perspectives on this topic as he is analyzing data from scans of the entire Internet and monitoring over 250 honeypots.Mike Nichols, Head of Product at Elastic, discusses election security and their partnership with the DDC to offer 2020 campaigns free security.

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Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
Head of Product, Elastic Security at Elastic

Mike leads Product Management at Elastic Security and is the former Vice President of Product Management at Endgame. He manages the PM team and ensures the product team is constantly listening to customers, researching the market, and deriving differentiated technology in order to choose the best strategic path for the company. Mike is also a Cybersecurity Strategy Instructor at Georgetown.

Tod  Beardsley
Tod Beardsley
Director of Research at Rapid7

Tod Beardsley is the Director of Research at Rapid7. He has over 30 years of hands-on security experience, stretching from in-band telephony switching to modern IoT implementations. He has held IT Ops and Security positions in large organizations such as 3Com, Dell, and Westinghouse, as both an offensive and defensive practitioner. Today, Tod directs the security research program at Rapid7, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, is a CVE Board member, and is a contributing author to a number of research papers produced by Rapid7.


Paul Asadoorian
Paul Asadoorian
Founder at Security Weekly
Matt Alderman
Matt Alderman
VP, Product at Living Security
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