Rapid7 Acquires Digital Forensics and Incident Response Open Source Project, Velociraptor

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  • Rapid7 will continue to build the Velociraptor community and leverage its technology and insights to enhance Rapid7’s incident response capabilities
  • Velociraptor was developed for digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) professionals who need a powerful and efficient way to hunt for and monitor malicious activities across endpoints

Rapid7, Inc has announced it has acquired Velociraptor, a open-source technology and community used for endpoint monitoring, digital forensics, and incident response. Through this acquisition, Rapid7 will continue to build the Velociraptor community and leverage its technology and insights to enhance Rapid7’s incident response capabilities.

Richard Perkett, senior vice president of detection and response at Rapid7 said, “Rapid7 has a long track record of supporting open-source projects that began when we acquired Metasploit in 2009 and that commitment and support continues today. We strongly believe that partnership with the open source community is one of the most important ways to move the security industry forward and make the digital world a safer place for everyone. We look forward to bringing our expertise in growing and nurturing open-source communities to Velociraptor, while also enhancing our monitoring, digital forensics, and incident response capabilities for customers.”

Monitor malicious activities across endpoints

Velociraptor was developed for digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) professionals who need a powerful and efficient way to hunt for and monitor malicious activities across endpoints. Velociraptor’s community-driven approach allows the collective wisdom of the DFIR community to be gathered in one place and made accessible to others.

It allows custom detections, collections and analyses capabilities to be written in queries, rather than code. Those queries can then easily be shared, strengthening the knowledge of the community and allowing teams to hunt for new threats quicker. The acquisition of Velociraptor is not expected to be material to Rapid7’s financial results for calendar year 2021, as guided on February 9, 2021.

Velociraptor Founder, Mike Cohen, who will also join Rapid7 said, “This is an exciting time for Velociraptor and the DFIR community. Velociraptor will greatly benefit from the investment, experience, and resources Rapid7 can bring to this community and I look forward to leading Velociraptor through this next phase of its evolution.”

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