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Metasploit -- A penetration testing must-have

Metasploit is an indispensable penetration testing tool that provides a solution to information security issues from exploit conception to execution, and channel professionals need to know when, why and how to use it.

Metasploit is an indispensable tool that provides a solution to information security issues from exploit conception to execution, and this tip teaches channel professionals when, why and how to use it.

For more information, read Metasploit: A penetration testing tool you shouldn't be without.

Have you ever wondered how you can execute the ever so vague "arbitrary code" that Microsoft lists in its vulnerability descriptions to see if your systems are really vulnerable? Maybe you've wanted to dig deeper into the higher-level flaws found by vulnerability assessment tools such as Nessus and QualysGuard? Perhaps you're in the business of ethical hacking and performing penetration tests against your own (or your customer's) computer systems? If any of these apply to you, there's a powerful security testing tool that you can't miss.

I'm talking about the Metasploit Framework. It's not new -- in fact, it has been around for a couple of years. However, it has recently started to pick up traction and command attention from information security professionals and software developers alike. Many of us are realizing that Metasploit is an indispensable tool that provides a solution to some vexing information security issues from exploit conception to execution.

Make sure you're familiar with all of the Metasploit best practices so you'll use the tool properly on your customer's networks.

About the author:
Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, author and speaker with Atlanta-based Principle Logic LLC. He has more than 17 years of experience in IT and specializes in performing information security assessments. Beaver has written five books, including
Hacking For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), the brand new Hacking Wireless Networks For Dummies and The Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance (Auerbach Publications). He can be reached at kbeaver@principlelogic.com.


 

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