Hacker Tools for Pen Testing

On Wednesday we took a look at a collection of mostly web-based reconnaissance tools.  Today we are taking it to the next level and actually attempting to find and exploit vulnerabilties.

Kali Linux – This is a pen-testers version of Linux that comes fully loaded with over a hundred testing applications.  Kali can be installed in any  old laptop you have laying around, installed as a virtual machine using VirtualBox or VMware, or as a bootable CD or USB flash drive.

OpenVAS – Professionals with a budget will use a tool such as Tenable’s Nessus.  OpenVAS is an open-source fork of the Tenable product, and is well documented and free to use.

Burp Suite – This tool can be used to run vulnerability assessments and security audits on web applications

Sqlmap – A great tool for finding SQL injection flaws and exploiting them to take over a database server.

WPScan – Find vulnerabilities in WordPress websites

Joomscan – Detect and analyze Joomla website security flaws.

If you are working in the cybersecurity field, these are some of the tools that can make your job easier.  If you are working towards getting into the cybersecurity field, knowing thiese tools will certainly help you land that first job.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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