Cyber Security Tools can be obtained in all type of formats, you can install cyber security tools on a Linux operating system or an Windows operating system.
The Cyber Security tools list on Cyberwarzone will focus on the Windows and Linux security tools which can be obtained for free or by subscribing for a account. The tools are used daily by thousands of security professionals worldwide and the reason is pretty simple. The listed tools are straight forward and they do not need a lot of configuration before you can start.
The tools are primarily optimized for security professionals which already have some background in the security field, but the tools can also be used by “newbie’s” because there are tons of tutorials available on the web which will guide the “newbie’s” step by step.
Did you know that a lot of the Linux security tools are free and open source? This means that you can take a look at the source code, so you can understand what the security tool is doing, it also provides you to opportunity to gain insight in additional plug-in and methods which can be used/inserted in the cyber security tool.
The Windows Security tools are often closed environments, the service provider does allow the cyber security tool user to add additional plug-in or modules, but these have to be purchased or downloaded via the official security tool provider.
If you are only interested in viewing cyber security tools for Linux, then we strongly urge you to take a look at the TOP 10 Kali Linux security tools post, the post provides insight in the TOP 10 most used Kali Linux security tools. You can download the Kali Linux operating system for free by navigating to the official Kali Linux website. Do not download any Kali Linux operating system from other resources, only download it from the official website, this rule goes the same for all the other tools which are listed in the Cyber Security Tools list 2015.
The list has been setup in a random order so you will be forced to take a look at all the tools – the reason is so you can get an insight in all the available security tools and not only the tool which you are searching for, sorry for the inconvenience (smiley).
FOCA MetaData Analyzer Tool
The First tool I would like to start with is the Windows FOCA Metadata Analyzer tool, this tool allows you to scan networks and domains for metadata information and additional information which can be used by hackers to attack an environment. The information which is collected allows you to gain insight in the view which the hackers get, this allows you to clear the available and found files from metadata. It also allows you to harden the targeted environments against future hacking attacks. I strongly recommend this tool for all the security professionals and security “newbie’s” which perform security audits and penetration tests on online environments, it is also a great tool to raise awareness for companies as all the information which is collected is from the open internet.
Angry IP scanner
The Angry IP scanner is a funny tool to use if you are just looking around, the Angry IP scanner is a free Windows security tool which allows you to analyze online environments for open ports and ip ranges, it also provides insight in which protocol is being used to contact the online environment. I strongly recommend this tool for the fun of it.
ZenMap and Nmap
But if you want to perform a real security audit on IP ranges then I recommend the free Windows Zenmap tool or the free Linux Nmap tool, this tool is used by security professionals to get a good insight in the IP network ranges and the open/closed ports on the targeted environment. The tool allows you to export the found IP information to a readable and displayable format.
The next Security tool is the NESSUS Tenable Network Security tool. The Nessus tool is a widely developed vulnerability scanner which allows you and other security professionals to audit targets for weaknesses in the online and offline network. The NESSUS Tenable Network Security tool is free for home users and you can get a 7 day trail for commercial or single users and if you want to use the Nessus Manager you can request an evaluation from the Tenable website.
The Websecurify tools are great if you want to perform audits via an online environment. The Websecurify tools allow you to scan, recon, httpView, Retest, Resend, JSONFuzz, XMLFuzz and FormFuzz targeted environments within a couple of clicks. The Websecurify tool is a free tool which you can use directly via the website, if you want to use various other security tools which are provided by Websecurify you will need to sign-up for an account and pay for a subscription. The subscriptions are very payable and they allow you to perform full audits on online environments. The Websecurify security tool allows you to add Chrome plug-in to your browser which enable you to use the tools directly. The tools are very fast and they provide readable information. The tool runs in Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.
Wireshark is being used by security professionals to gain an insight in the network traffic. The Wireshark tool works as a sponge which swallows all the traffic on the targeted network. The tool allows security professionals to gain insight in which type of data is public readable and it allows them to see if malicious connections are being made from an infected device.
The Wireshark tool is free and it can be used on Windows and Linux. The tool is widely used by security professionals
The Unhide tool is used by security professionals to find hidden files and connections, the tool provides security professionals the ability to compare “/proc” and “/bin/ps” output and the ability to research root kits which use TCP or UDP ports. The Unhide tool runs on Windows and Linux.
Zed Attack Proxy
The Zed Attack Proxy also known as OWASP ZAP is penetration tool which allows security professionals to find vulnerabilities in Web applications. It is has been designed for security professionals and developers which want to get an insight in their online security status. The OWASP ZAP project has been translated in 20 various languages, so it is very easy to start with. It is completely free and it is open source. The OWASP ZAP project runs on Linux and it is directly accessible via the free Kali Linux operating system.
PeStudio is a tool which is used by security professionals which want to gain insight in malicious behavior of files which try to hide their malicious behavior. The PeStudio does not directly execute the malicious file, so it provides an extra security layer for security professionals which want to analyze malicious executables. PeStudio runs on Windows.
The Cuckoo Sandbox tool is a great tool which is being used by malware and security researchers to find and analyze malicious behavior of malware and Trojans. The Cuckoo Sandbox project is a massive environment which allows you to monitor and capture malicious network traffic and connections. It is a perfect tool to find C&C servers and if used right, it can provide an extra security layer to your environment (Blocking found malicious IP’s).
Brakeman security scanner
The Brakeman security scanner is used by security professionals to find dangerous and incomplete Ruby on Rails codes which are located in the source code files. The Brakeman tool takes a look at the source code and it will provide an full report on the found vulnerabilities and points of interests. Brakeman runs on Linux and it is completely free.
A lot of websites on the internet run the WordPress content management system to manage the website, so it is not a wonder that the WPScan security tool has been listed in this Cyber Security tools list. The WPscan tool is a free tool which you can use to audit WordPress environments, the tool has specifically been designed for WordPress so it allows you to perform fast WordPress scans, while other security scanners will also test for various other content management systems. The WPScan security tool runs on Linux and it can be found in the Kali Linux operating system directly.
The Veil Framework is used by security professionals to create payloads which will pass through the sensors of the most antivirus services and software’s.
The Veil framework has provided four tools which will allow the security professionals to penetrate each wanted environment:
- Veil-Evasion: a tool to generate antivirus-evading payloads using a variety of techniques and languages
- Veil-Catapult: a psexec-style payload delivery system that integrates Veil-Evasion
- Veil-Pillage: a modular post-exploitation framework that integrates Veil-Evasion
- Veil-PowerView: a powershell tool to gain network situational awareness on Windows domains
The Veil Framework runs on Linux, and it can be downloaded directly via the GitHub project page.
More Cyber Security Tools
I certainly did enjoy writing this cyber security tools 2015 post, but I am sure that there are more cyber security tools available, and I would like to ask you, to leave a comment with a description of the tool which we missed to list on this page. Cheers, and have fun playing around with these cyber security tools.