How Orca Security Compares to Rapid7

A purpose-built platform for comprehensive cloud security

With Orca Security, you benefit from a purpose-built Cloud Security Platform that addresses all of your cloud risks and features our patented SideScanning technology that covers your entire cloud estate without agents.  Orca continues to innovate and provide visibility into wherever threats may live in your cloud environment, including everything from IAM to API endpoints.

InsightCloudSec was built by combining acquisitions and, as such, insights and functionality isn’t tightly integrated, forcing you to work harder for less intelligence.  For some features, such as VM vulnerability scanning, Rapid7 requires you to buy other subscriptions or add-ons

SideScanning enables deeper insight

Orca’s patented SideScanning technology quickly and easily scans all of your Linux and Windows workloads, including cloud VMs, containers and Kubernetes applications, and serverless functions.  Rapid7 doesn’t scan inside running assets, relying solely on external information, and can’t provide this deep insight into your workloads. Within the Orca UI, you can view detailed risk prioritization information about all of your assets with context to understand your greatest risks and the impact to your business.

Unified data for risk prioritization

The Orca Platform brings all of your data into a unified, easily-queryable location. With Orca’s Unified Data Model, you can view assets, compliance status, risks, and security incidents from one dashboard across cloud infrastructure and workloads.

Identify sensitive data in your cloud

Orca Security automatically identifies and classifies data such as PII(Personally identifiable Information), credit card numbers, and PHI(Protected Health Information) in storage buckets, VMs, and databases. When you combine this with automated attack path analysis, Orca shows you where critical information is at risk even if it would take an attacker multiple steps to get to it. Rapid7 can’t compare. 


Vulnerability Management

Simple & Complete

With a single, agentless deployment, assess vulnerabilities across all VMs and containers in your cloud environment


VM scanning requires an additional subscription to InsightVM and findings are in a separate console. Container scanning only covers containers in Kubernetes and requires additional, per-cluster configuration.

Asset Inventory


Continuously monitor public cloud services and configurations, entitlements and identities, workloads and applications, all from a single dashboard


No identity & entitlement info without an additional subscription. No API endpoint info



100+ compliance frameworks with all data and policies shown in a single dashboard for seamless reporting

Basic Coverage

Fewer compliance frameworks, covering only cloud infrastructure, leaves your auditors doing far more work

Attack Path Analysis

Automated and Interactive

Interactive dashboard, with automated impact score, surfaces toxic combinations of risks so teams can prioritize and fix the top 1% of issues. All risks mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK framework

Very Limited

“Layered Context” only shows assets exposed to the Internet. This doesn’t help identify the combinations of configurations & vulnerabilities that attackers use to compromise critical resources.

PII Detection

Seamless and Comprehensive

Automatic detection of PII across all cloud resources

No Sensitive Data Detection

With no data classification at all, InsightCloudSec leaves you guessing on critical assets.

API Security

Simple and Comprehensive

Automated inventory of all interconnected APIs and web domains. Capabilities integrated with agentless SideScanning technology, nothing new to activate. Prioritize risks, including external exposure, mapped to OWASP API Security Top 10 and contextualized with all other risks

No API Security

InsightCloudSec doesn’t assess exposed API endpoints or provide meaningful views of what is deployed & running.

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