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7Rapid Questions: Stephen Donnelly

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7Rapid Questions: Stephen Donnelly

At Rapid7, there’s no shortage of passionate leaders looking to challenge convention and make an impact. Our “7Rapid Questions” series is a way to highlight some of the amazing work taking place behind the scenes, and the exciting growth opportunities available in our global offices.

For this installment, we spoke with Stephen Donnelly, Rapid7’s Senior Engineering Manager for SOAR in our Belfast office.

7Rapid Questions: Stephen Donnelly
Stephen Donnelly

What does SOAR stand for?

SOAR stands for Security Orchestration Automation Response.

Describe what your teams do in 3 phrases

1. We provide a wide variety of interoperability between our own and other vendors’ products.

2. We accelerate time-intensive, highly manual incident response and vulnerability management processes.

3. We create a consistent automation experience for our customers across our entire Insight Platform, whether they are cloud or on-premise-based.

What are your most important technical goals in 2022?

For 2022, we’re looking at performance at scale, building an open API culture for our customers, and breaking down our work to show value to customers on a regular and consistent cadence.

What is your tech stack?

We use a little bit of everything, primarily Go, Python, Java, Kotlin, React, Typescript, AWS, and Datadog.

What’s a fun fact some people might not know about you?

I once tried out for the National American Football team after playing for the QUB American Football team. It hurts emotionally… and physically.

What was one of your proudest moments at work?

I’d say it’s been seeing our team grow in the last year. We had 13 people join our SOAR practice in 3 months, and seeing how they have all been welcomed and embraced by the teams tells me that Rapid7 is properly focused on our people and their experiences within the organization.

What three words would you use to describe the culture at Rapid7?

Welcoming, authentic, and learning.

Interested in exploring a new role? Stephen and his team are hiring in Belfast! Click here to browse our open jobs at Rapid7.

Securely Advancing in the Sunshine State: Rapid7 Announces Tampa Office Opening

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Securely Advancing in the Sunshine State: Rapid7 Announces Tampa Office Opening

In our quest to create a safer digital world for all, Rapid7 is also on a mission to reimagine the future of work, culture, and talent — admittedly, we’ve set the bar pretty high for ourselves. But that’s part of the spirit of Never Done, one of our core values. We’re always striving to do better, be bolder, and think bigger as we help organizations across the globe securely advance.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that we’re expanding our US office footprint by opening our newest location in Tampa, Florida. With its fast-growing community of professionals — supported by a diverse population, great universities, and a strong veteran community — Tampa represents the next step in our quest to build the workplace of the future.

Building the next tech hub

We want to do something unprecedented in Tampa by taking an emerging center of tech activity to new heights as the next national hub of technology and innovation.

Tampa is fertile ground for this bold vision. The city recently ranked as one of the top 10 US metro areas for tech industry growth, and technology jobs have been increasing steadily here since 2015, with another 2% growth slated for 2021. This high concentration of tech jobs — and the talent to fill them — should come as little surprise, given the wealth of higher-learning institutions nearby, with 23 colleges and universities in the Tampa metro area. Tampa is also home to a strong military and veteran community centered around MacDill Air Force Base.

We want to take the seeds of potential in Tampa and grow them into a full-fledged tech ecosystem. To do that, we’re not just building an office and creating jobs — we’re putting a stake in the ground to help shape the future of Tampa.

To bring this vision to life, Rapid7 is partnering with Tampa-area colleges and universities to keep fueling the growth of local talent and build a stronger security community in the city than ever before. Our goal is to have 30% or more of our Tampa team be local college graduates and/or recently retired military. We’re also planning to partner with inclusion-focused STEM programs to help create a more diverse and supportive tech community through leadership and service.

Walking the walk on diversity

Rapid7 believes everyone deserves an equal opportunity to build the career they want — and that diversity of experience and viewpoints helps drive the innovation on which a healthy technology culture thrives. By boosting creativity and bringing a wider range of insights to inform better decision-making, diverse teams help drive business outcomes. In Tampa, we’re excited to walk the walk in our commitment to diversity and continue to bring this vision to life.

We believe a diverse workforce is integral to the success of our organization and the culture we want to build. That’s why we’re building something truly unique and putting diversity first in our hiring plan in order to build a team that reflects the rich, diverse character of Tampa.

We have ambitious goals to hire, retain, and develop talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences, with targets set for Black, Latinx, and female hires that we intend not only to meet, but to exceed. We’re aiming for a team that is 50% or more from diverse backgrounds.

With a diverse team that is empowered to be their one-of-a-kind, authentic selves in their day-to-day work — in keeping with our core value of Bring You — the Rapid7 Tampa office will truly help push the city forward as a hub of tech growth.

Build the workplace of the future with us

The task of securing the digital world is more complex and challenging than ever before. At a time when data breaches are increasing in frequency and severity, people need best-in-class security tools that are easy to use and deliver results. But as the challenge increases, so does the opportunity — and having the right people on board is all the more critical.

Our vision of the workplace of the future is not only diverse and rooted in the community, but also flexible, with a hybrid model that accommodates work-life balance while providing a collaborative in-office experience to promote teaming. In our effort to build the workplace of the future, we want to think ahead of the curve — taking the best of what we’ve learned from remote work in 2020 and 2021 while allowing talented team members to collaborate in person. We think the future of work involves flexible in-office policies while also allowing teams to spend time face-to-face. This makes room for serendipitous collaboration, fosters stronger relationships, and helps us support employees in developing their careers through learning and mentorship, which are enhanced by the in-office experience.

In Tampa, we have an exciting opportunity to build a model for the workplace of the future, blazing the trail rather than playing catch-up. This involves bringing a flexible, hybrid work model together with a diverse, dynamic culture that makes building a safer digital world rewarding and fun, while giving back to the community and setting the pace of growth and innovation in emerging centers of tech talent.

At our new location at Water Street Tampa, we’re adding more than 100 positions in data and software engineering, business development, customer support, IT, and people strategy.

Ready to help us meet today’s security needs, reimagine the future of work, and pave a path for the future of tech in Tampa? Check out our open roles.

Why Joining Rapid7 Was the Best Decision for These Sales Professionals, Even During a Pandemic

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Why Joining Rapid7 Was the Best Decision for These Sales Professionals, Even During a Pandemic

As any job seeker knows, a lot of thought goes into accepting a new role at a new company — even more so during a pandemic. For sales professionals, this decision includes considering company growth and trajectory, industry leadership, and company culture, all of which had the potential of being majorly impacted by the effects of COVID-19.  

Over the course of the pandemic, Rapid7 has not only acquired four companies in the past 16 months, but we’ve been named a leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM, a Strong Performer in Managed Detection and Response Report, and a Visionary in 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing, all while keeping our company culture more than intact.

We talked with a few of our North America Account Executives to hear firsthand about why they chose to join Rapid7 (even during a pandemic), how they learned about the company, and why they’d recommend Rapid7 as a great place to work.

Why Joining Rapid7 Was the Best Decision for These Sales Professionals, Even During a Pandemic
Nicholas Lennek Enterprise Account Executive, joined Rapid7 October 2019‌‌

Why Joining Rapid7 Was the Best Decision for These Sales Professionals, Even During a Pandemic
Devonne Skinner Account Executive, joined Rapid7 April 2020
Why Joining Rapid7 Was the Best Decision for These Sales Professionals, Even During a Pandemic
Stephen Hislop Account Executive, joined Rapid7 December 201

Where did you hear about Rapid7?

“Prior to joining the team, I’d long been familiar with Rapid7 as a high-profile, publicly traded company here in Boston. Around June of 2019, the word had spread about what an engaging and rewarding culture existed at Rapid7.” – Nicholas Lennek

I heard about Rapid7 because of the tech scene here in Boston; Rapid7 is a big name, and as I was searching for a career change. I knew of a few friends who had been working here for a few years at the time.” – Devonne Skinner

What attracted you to work for Rapid7?

“The energy! My role at Rapid7 gives me the privilege of tackling unique and often nuanced challenges on a routine basis. The team mentality here at Rapid7 is one of rigor and dedication, which is an attitude I crave. We set our aims high, work hard to achieve them, and recognize a job well done here. To me, that’s what it’s all about.” – Nicholas Lennek

“I started in the beginning of the pandemic, which sounds a bit crazy, I know. At the time, I felt like I needed a challenge, and switching industries alone was a mountain, but adding in starting remote was a whole other ball game. I was very confident after my interviews that Rapid7 was going to be invested in me through learning the security industry, along with helping me continue my growth here. So the clear path to where I could go in this role, along with training, was something that attracted me to Rapid7. Additionally, the team atmosphere was big to me. Collaborating with not just sales but other departments is important to not just individual success but team and company success.” – Devonne Skinner

“I realized that the company had a vision for the future; as the industry grew and progressed, so did Rapid7. I wanted to work for a company that was looking to be a leader in the space and not just another player. Rapid7 has exceeded my expectations and continues to grow rapidly.” – Stephen Hislop

Why would you recommend Rapid7 as a great place to work for your next opportunity?

Speaking to my own personal path, Rapid7 offers you a chance to skip the local train and join the expressway. My role at Rapid7 isn’t a job, it’s a career — and that same opportunity is afforded to everybody. Your peers and your leadership personally invest in your growth and in your success. To fulfill my professional ambitions, I need the chance to make an impact with my work. Rapid7 has provided me with the platform to do that every day that I’ve been here.” – Nicholas Lennek

“I would recommend Rapid7 as a great place to work because of the attention to their employees. As mentioned, it was important to me when I took this role that I had a clear path to how I was going to achieve my goals and continue down a path of success. Rapid7 has always asked me how they can help me achieve my goals, and individually, that is going to be different for everyone. But they follow through. Whether that be additional training, collaboration with teams, listening to my ideas, etc., they take the time to listen and respond appropriately. Rapid7 is a great company to work for regardless of the industry you’re coming from, because they are invested in YOU just as much as the bigger picture.” – Devonne Skinner

“I would recommend Rapid7 because it is a company that will challenge you but also train you. I have learned so much during my time here and have grown as an Account Executive. I love working with everyone, and it truly is a collaborative environment.” – Stephen Hislop

Interested in learning more and joining the team to support our audacious goal of growing 20% in 2021? Check out our North America Go to Customer LinkedIn Life page and our open roles today!

Rapid7 Announces Partner of the Year Awards 2021 Winners

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Rapid7 Announces Partner of the Year Awards 2021 Winners

Over the past year and more, we’ve lived through the most extraordinary, turbulent, and challenging times we’ll likely experience in our lifetime. Yet through all the uncertainty, our partners have continued to show determination, drive, and commitment, performing at an exceptional level.

With this said, it’s with immense pleasure that we announce today the winners of the Rapid7 Partner of the Year Awards 2021. All our category winners have achieved exceptional growth, demonstrating dedication and collaboration to the Rapid7 Partner Program throughout the year.

We’re very proud to share our complete list of winners. Please join us in congratulating them all.

International Awards

EMEA Partner of the Year: Softcat Plc

APAC Partner of the Year: Intalock Technologies Pty Ltd

International Emerging Partner of the Year: Caretower Ltd

International Best Customer Retention Award: Saepio Solutions Ltd

APAC Vulnerability Management Partner of the Year: RIoT Solutions

EMEA Vulnerability Management Partner of the Year: Orange Cyberdefense Sweden

APAC Detection & Response Partner of the Year: The Missing Link

EMEA Detection & Response Partner of the Year: Saepio Solutions Ltd

APAC MSSP Partner of the Year: Triskele Labs

EMEA MSSP Partner of the Year: Charterhouse Voice and Data

“We are proud of the relationship we have built with Rapid7 over the last two years, and they have become one of our key focus partners. To be awarded EMEA MSSP Partner of the Year in such a short space of time is a testament to our technical team and our commitment to Rapid7. As an integral component in our state of the Security Operations Centre, we only see this relationship going from strength to strength.”

North America Awards

Rapid 7 North America Partner of the Year: SHI International Corporation

“Thank you so much. With Rapid7 being a strategic security partner to SHI, we are excited to be receiving this award. I feel that this highlights the excellent relationship that we have, as well as some really great engagement we’ve seen between our sales teams.  Security is an extremely important industry to SHI and our mutual customers. I am confident we will continue to see success when positioning Rapid7 solutions.”

– Joseph Lentine, Director – Strategic Software Partners, Security

North America Emerging Partner of the Year: GDT

North America Best Customer Retention Award: Optiv

North America Vulnerability Management Partner of the Year: GuidePoint Security

North America Detection & Response Partner of the Year: Sayers

“Being selected for this award is a special honor for Sayers. Ransomware preparedness is a cornerstone of the Sayers Cybersecurity Services portfolio.  We couldn’t be more impressed with the professionalism and cutting-edge technology Rapid7 brings to the market.  It was an easy decision to partner with Rapid7 for our Sayers Managed Detection & Response service offering.”

Joel Grace, Sr. VP of Client Services

North America MSSP Partner of the Year: Edge Communications

“Edge Communications is honored to be named the Rapid7 North America MSSP Partner of the Year for 2020.

“Edge is proud of the strong collaborative relationship that we have developed with Rapid7, a cybersecurity industry leader. Edge delivers one the best Managed Security solutions available in the marketplace, due in part to utilizing Rapid 7 products which we believe exceed the best in class designation. On behalf of the entire Edge team, thank you Rapid 7 for your support, dedication, and partnership.”

– Frank Pallone, VP Information Security

Congratulations again to all our winners!

More about our partner program

The Rapid7 PACT Program is built to inspire our partners to grow with us and achieve mutual success through accountability, consistency, and transparency. By participating in the program, partners can offer powerful, industry-leading solutions to our joint customers, resulting in mutual success for all.

If you’re interested in becoming a Rapid7 partner, you can learn more here.

Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day

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Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day

Black History Month is a time for every person, from all different backgrounds to honor and celebrate the achievements of Black and African Americans in the U.S. and their impact on world history. In honor of Black History Month, we would like to recognize some of our amazing team members who have made an impact on our company culture, embody our core values, and exude excellence. We pride ourselves on creating a safe space for everyone to be their authentic selves. Hear what Black History Month means to them!

Junior Carreira, Service Desk Technician, Boston, MA

Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month to me means an opportunity for the black community to reconnect with their heritage and ancestry while celebrating how our accomplishments and heroes have impacted our ways of being today. It means legacy and continuing to add onto that legacy. It also stands as a reminder of our resilience and that our fight isn’t over as long as we’re still here.

What is one thing that you feel people can do to effect positive change?

I believe that one of the biggest ways that people can make the world a better place is to recognize the humanity/life of others and to respect them for who they are.

Which film or piece of literature was most impactful or life-changing for you and why?

My high school unfortunately did not offer a lot of STEM courses, so I took a lot of arts and drama classes. I had a chance to discover a lot of literature that shaped my life today. One of those was a book called, “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement,” by Angela Davis. It’s a collection of interviews, scholarly essays, and speeches that cover several different topics that are relevant today, such as Palestine, Ferguson, BLM and mass incarceration. The biggest impact this book had on me is that I learned about how important mass movements can be to effect positive change, and this also helped me learn how to work with others both in school and in life.

How did you get into cybersecurity?

I’ve always been interested in technology, specifically when it comes to cybersecurity. I got interested in it because my cousin was in the military and then transitioned to a security engineer. I remember asking him a bunch of questions at a young age, even though I never understood anything.

What was your path to Rapid7?

Prior to Rapid7, I had the opportunity to be part of the 2020 Hack.Diversity cohort, which allowed me to develop and grow my professionalism, leadership, communication, and many other skills. Developing these skills was essential and helped me through my interview process, during my internship, and even now as I continue to grow. Overall, being part of the Hack.Diversity cohort after graduating from UMass Boston with a major in IT created a path for me to Rapid7.

Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month is a great time for every American to reflect on our past and present in relation to not only the plight, but also the contributions of Black Americans. While I think it is very important to remember the plight of Black people in America and the figures who pioneered  change, I also think it is equally important for every American to learn and reflect on the contributions and accomplishments made by many Black Americans. This lack of knowledge is what I believe contributes to the “us vs. them” and “my country” mentality still plaguing our nation. It logically follows that if someone doesn’t see the person next to them as a meaningful contributor to an accomplishment, they will almost always have difficulty seeing that person as a rightful beneficiary of the resulting fruits.

What is one thing that you feel people can do to effect positive change?

I think education is truly the key. Black history should not be an optional education topic. Black history is American history, but has been either siloed, or presented as little more than a textbook footnote. This must end. It would be nice to get to a point where we can also ask non-Black individuals what Black History Month means to them, where Black people are truly seen and valued for their contributions to this great nation. Many of us grow up learning about Thomas Edison’s invention of the lightbulb but learn nothing about Lewis Latimer’s 1881 invention of the actual filament that made the lightbulb a success. Learning the role that Black people played in America’s speedy rise to world power will go far in improving the way many Black people are valued and still viewed today.

Which film or piece of literature was most impactful or life-changing for you and why?

Without pause, I have to say “The Allegory of The Cave,” by Plato. As an educated woman of color coming from a severely disadvantaged background, for more reasons than the obvious, I found this reading to be very insightful. It’s a great illustration (albeit fictional) of how a person’s environment can be one of the most powerful forces in forming who they are and how they see the world. Additionally, how without additional knowledge we give others the ability to manipulate us into believing what they will and seeing things as they do. Even more, it highlights the responsibility of those who are fortunate enough to break free from the bondage of the metaphorical cave and experience the splendor that is true freedom. Tim McGraw may have put it best: “When you get where you’re going, don’t forget to turn back around and help the next one in line.”

How did you get into cybersecurity?

At a time in the industry where cybersecurity was just at its infancy, my first job after leaving college was with a global internet service provider that happened to have a security department. My first role with the company was an Internet Abuse Investigator assisting local, state and federal law enforcement in tracking down people who would utilize the Internet in the commission of a crime. The things I witnessed and accomplished during my time in this role is what really got me hooked into cybersecurity, and ultimately what put me on a path to Rapid7.

Reuben Williams, Customer Advisor, Arlington, VA

Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month (BHM) is a time to reflect on the struggles, as well as celebrating the resilience and achievements, made by black people. It’s a special period where I can slow myself down and really explore the rich history of people who look like me. It’s also a time when I am humbled and appreciative toward those who blazed the trails that we all now traverse. BHM is joyful and rewarding, understanding that we are all connected, and that BHM is everyone’s history—a history that can truly have a positive impact on the lives of everyone from every race.

What is one thing that you feel people can do to effect positive change?

Building a true dialogue is what first comes to mind. I’m a firm believer that in order to effect positive change, one must be open-minded, objective, and willing enough to listen to those with opposing viewpoints, with the mindset that something can be learned and achieved in such a dialogue.

Which film or piece of literature was most impactful of life-changing for you and why?

A film that has impacted me more than I expected is “Hidden Figures.” It’s a film that represents what I believe is an overlooked segment of the population when it comes to role models in film—black women. As a father of a daughter, it was very gratifying watching this film with her where examples of strong and intelligent women exhibited their determination to not allow barriers and challenges from different directions stop them from reaching their goals. These women are true heroes on the big screen as well as in life.

Terrica Byrd, VP, Change Management, Remote, U.S.

Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day

What does Black History Month mean to you?

To me, Black History Month is an opportunity for us to collectively remember and celebrate the sacrifices, contributions, and accomplishments of an amazing and often underappreciated group within our society. As someone who shares this history, it’s also a time of great pride and a call to action.

What is one thing that you feel people can do to effect positive change?

I think the one thing people can do to effect positive change is to embody empathy, personally and professionally. Empathy removes artificial barriers and encourages the desire to understand and meet the needs of others. I can’t think of anything more impactful.

How did you get into cybersecurity?

I had a very specific set of criteria that primarily focused on cultural fit, relevance, and a shared philosophy on organizational change. For me, relevance meant aligning with a global, technology-focused company. I wasn’t sure this really existed, but Rapid7 checked all of the boxes. The fact that it’s cybersecurity is icing on the cake! I feel very fortunate to do the work that I love for a company that I believe in and an industry that has no limits.

Interested in learning more about our culture and commitment to driving change? Check out the progress we’ve made on diversity, equity and inclusion.