Which security assessment tools you need depend on the tests you’re going to run. You can perform some ethical hacking tests with a pair of sneakers, a telephone, and a basic workstation on the network, but comprehensive testing is easier with good, dedicated tools.
It’s important to know what each tool can and can’t do and how to use each one. I suggest reading the manual and other Help files. Unfortunately, some tools have limited documentation, which can be frustrating. You can search forums and post a message if you’re having trouble with a tool.
- Security vulnerability scanning and exploit tools can be hazardous to your network’s health. Be careful when you use them. Always make sure that you understand what every option does before you use it. Try your tools on test systems if you’re not sure how to use them. Even if you are familiar with them, this precaution can help prevent DoS conditions and loss of data on your production system.