In 2000, Rapid7 founders, Alan Matthews, Tas Giakouminakis, and Chad Loder, were executives of a software company. Even then, they paid close attention to the challenges customers face, always looking for simple, innovative solutions. What they consistently heard from customers was that security was a huge and complex challenge for their organizations. Tas, Chad and Alan realized that good security starts with visibility – visibility into what’s on your network, your assets, the vulnerabilities and the prevalent threats. They saw that the industry lacked solutions for comprehensive security assessments that enabled smart decisions and the ability to act effectively. No single solution could identify vulnerabilities across the entire IT environment of network, hardware, software, web, and database components, while vulnerabilities abounded across all these areas.