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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Top Five Penetration Testing Tools That Every Cyber Security Professional Must Have


People often say that it is not the tools that make an ethical hacker, but it is the ethical hacker that makes the tools. This is most definitely true but imagine how simple and quick a security analysis can become if  you have access to the right pieces of equipment.

Here’s a list of the top five computer/server penetration testing tools, that according to me are absolutely essential for anyone who has something to do with cyber security.

#5 - Acunetix

Besides being the most popular web vulnerability scanner, Acunetix is also known for its super user friendly interface. The only downside of this application is that is a bit expensive. A trial version is available over at their website: https://www.acunetix.com/

#4 - SQLMap

Despite only catering for SQL injection related vulnerabilities, SQLMap almost had to included in this list, mainly because it exploits a very dominant and high risk vulnerability.

#3 - Metasploit

Metasploit for an ethical hacker is like a wrench for a plumber. One cannot possibly imagine carrying out pen tests without this tool. It contains over 3,000 modules which can be subdivided into exploits, shell code, 0days and remote exploits.

#2 - Nmap

Nmap is often referred to as the Swiss Army knife of a cyber security researcher. It has been around for as long as I can remember and it is by far the downright best network mapping tool out there. 

#1 - Kali Linux

What could be better then having an entire operating system dedicated to penetration testing? Kali Linux is a Linux distribution that contains all the necessary things an ethical hacker could ever wish for - The best thing about it is that it doesn’t cost a cent. Head over to https://www.kali.org/ to grab a copy for yourself now, if you haven’t already.

Think I missed something out on this list? Feel free to drop your suggestions in the comment section below!

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