The following 7 tips may help you choose what is right for you:
Having said that, let us take a look at some of the tools that are available in the market:
1. Arachni: A feature-full, high-performance Ruby framework, that trains itself from the HTTP responses it receives during the audit process.
2. OWASP Zed Attack Proxy Project (ZAP): An integrated penetration testing tool that is designed to be used by people with a wide range of security experience
3. w3af: Creates a framework to find and exploit web application vulnerabilities
4. Vega: Helps you find and validate SQL Injections, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), inadvertently disclosed sensitive information, and other vulnerabilities.
5. Acunetix: Automatically checks your web applications for SQL Injection, XSS & other web vulnerabilities.
6. Skipfish: Prepares an interactive sitemap for the targeted site by carrying out a recursive crawl and dictionary-based probes.
7. Websecurity: Uses advanced browser automation, discovery and fuzzing technologies.
8. Burp: Progresses from initial mapping and analysis of an application’s attack surface, to finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities.
9. Netsparker: Tries lots of different things to confirm identified issues. If it can’t confirm it and if it requires manual inspection, it’ll inform you about a potential issue.
10. WebSurgery: Uses an efficient, fast and stable Web Crawler, File/DirBruteforcer and Fuzzer for advanced exploitation of known and unusual vulnerabilities such as SQL Injections, Cross site scripting (XSS), brute-force for login forms, identification of firewall-filtered rules etc.
Having chosen a tool that works for you and a vendor you complies with your business processes, understands the tool you recommend, and is willing to extend support, you may still need to have a Windows Virtual Machine with some tools to be used for the engagement. (Most pen testers use either a Mac or a Linux-based platform for their activities.)
To get you on the road, some of the tools that work well with Microsoft Virtual Machine include Net Cat, Metaspoilt, Cain & Abel, GranItAll, Winfo and others.
As long as you are prepared with the right security tools and follow right business processes (Non-disclosure agreement, project plan, service level agreement…) with your vendor, your network should remain protected. And that means, for the organization, business as usual.
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