by Disha Ganguli
May 31, 2021
Understanding the real-time need for cybersecurity tools.
Cybercrime and cybersecurity violations are deepening as the world becomes hypermodern with technology. Along with the multiple cybersecurity steps taken and implemented to combat cyberattacks, it is also important to have a deep understanding of cybersecurity tools that can help counter cybercrime.
Analytics Insight lists ten such cybersecurity tools that are possible counters of the 2021 advanced and complex attacks.
The best cybersecurity tools of 2021
Kali Linux is known as the most common and reputable cybersecurity tool. It is basically an operating system that contains at least 300 different tools for security auditing. The tool makes it easy for organizations to scan their networks for all system vulnerabilities. The main advantage provided by Kali Linux is the various levels of knowledge about cybersecurity. The tool is easily available for use.
Metasploit is best described as a collection of multi-purpose cybersecurity tools. The tool intricately performs penetration testing practices. The multiple purposes that this tool serves are as follows;
- Detection of system vulnerabilities.
- Formulation of strategies to implement cybersecurity defense systems.
- Management of security assessments.
Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel are an old cybersecurity tool used to detect vulnerabilities in Windows operating systems. Serving and resolving simple issues like password security recovery, Cain and Abel are a free tool available for the Windows operating system. The tool is also used to analyze routing protocols. Additional features include cached passwords detection, password boxes, and the use of brute force attacks to determine the encryption of encrypted passwords.
Wireshark is a console-based cybersecurity tool. Wireshark is an excellent tool that analyzes network protocol and network security in real time. It is a more suitable cybersecurity tool for detecting network traffic at different levels. Business organizations and professionals use Wireshark to capture data packets and investigate the characteristics of all captured data packets.
John the Ripper
The main goal of John the Ripper is to test the strength of the password. This cybersecurity tool is programmed to detect weak passwords, which can easily expose systems to cyberattacks. John the Ripper is generally used in UNIX environments and is used in Windows, DOS, and OpenVMS systems. This cybersecurity tool is used to identify encrypted logins, complex ciphers, and hash-type passwords.
Netstumbler is a cybersecurity tool used in Windows operating systems. The tool is also used for protection purposes, along with the identification of open ports on a network. This cybersecurity tool is limited to Windows operating systems and features in a WAP search approach. The tool has a reputation for network defense.
KisMAC is designed for wireless network security and is widely used by cybersecurity professionals. The tool scans and identifies wireless networks for Wi-Fi cards and other third-party cards. KisMAC uses techniques such as exploiting errors in the incorrect generation of security keys and breaking the security of WPA and WEP keys.
Network Mapper (Nmap) is an open source cybersecurity network, available for free. It is used to scan networks and computer systems to identify all security vulnerabilities. Other vital activities served by Nmap’s are;
- Mapping of potential attack surfaces.
- Surveillance service.
- Monitoring the host’s uptime.
Nikto is one of the best cybersecurity tools that drive vulnerabilities on the web. Nikto is also an open source tool. The tool is widely used by cybersecurity experts to analyze web vulnerabilities. The cybersecurity tool detects database threats and detects vulnerability scans. Nikto is mainly used to cover web networks and web servers.
Do not expose
Nexpose is known as the most convenient cybersecurity tool used to scan and manage real-time threats and attacks on local infrastructures. Nexpose is used by cybersecurity organizations to identify all potential weaknesses in a system.
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