Protecting confidential data has become the top priority for organizations. The constant cybersecurity attacks have become a major concern for consumers.
According to a recent survey on Data Privacy, 68% of consumers don’t trust brands with their personal data.
Vulnerability Assessment identifies security loopholes within a network. Choosing the right vulnerability assessment tool could be a daunting task.
There are tons of tools available in the market for Security Assessment. The following list is constructed based on its popularity, feature set and ease of use.
Nmap is a popular open source tool which acts as a free security scanner, port scanner and network exploration tool.
It is used to find out hosts and services on a network computer, building a map of the network, thus called Nmap (Network Map).
This tool has been in the market for more than two decades.
OpenVas is one of the top open source tools available in the market. OpenVas serves as both Vulnerability Scanner and Vulnerability Management tool.
Nikto is an open source widely used to scan websites for probable issues and vulnerabilities. It supports both HTTP and HTTPS.
It is a modern vulnerability scanning-cum-trust building tool that helps overcome cybersecurity concerns of visitors.
The tool offers a wide variety of benefits including:
It also comes visual indicator for customers to feel safe and secure making transactions, which reduces the cart abandonment rate, boosts conversions and thus increases overall revenue.
Wireshark is the most popular and widely used network protocol analyser. It is an open source sniffer tool with salient features.
Burp Suite is a graphical tool used for scanning web applications for security. The tool has a paid professional edition and a free community edition.
The cost for professional edition is $349 / year for individual users.
OWASP ZAP is an open source security scanner for web applications. It is a global tool that supports 11 languages.
Curl is a popular, commonly used command-line tool to transfer data between servers. It supports 20+ protocols including Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), making it one of the best tools in the market for testing any REST service. In addition, it also supports more than 200 command-line options.
Some of the capabilities provided by Curl are:
It is an open-source, offensive security framework comprising of PowerShell scripts and modules that help complete a variety of penetration testing-related tasks such as bypassing antivirus, exfiltration, code execution, setting up script persistence, recon and more.
It is one the key tools of a red team professional.
Aircrack is an open source network scanner used to access the WiFi network security. Aircrack focuses on different areas of WiFI security such as monitoring, attacking, testing and cracking.
Choosing the right tool should be the first step in assessing the security of your application.
These assessment tools help in identifying the security issues and prioritize the issue based on severity. These tools provide proper directions for QA testers on where to focus and helps in identifying potential security gaps.
By Uma Raj
By Uma Raj
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