Top 10 Most Useful Vulnerability Assessment Scanning Tools
October 26, 2018
Mo Moin (206 articles)
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Top 10 Most Useful Vulnerability Assessment Scanning Tools

Introduction to Vulnerability Analysis and Vulnerability Scanning Tools:

Vulnerability Assessment is also termed as Vulnerability Analysis.

The method of recognizing, categorizing and characterizing the security holes (called as Vulnerabilities) among the network infrastructure, computers, hardware system and software etc is known as Vulnerability Analysis.

Few examples of such vulnerabilities are like a misconfiguration of components in a network infrastructure, a defect or error in an operating system, any ambiguity in a marketable product etc.

If vulnerabilities are found as a part of any vulnerability assessment then there is a need for vulnerability disclosure. Generally, such disclosures are carried out by separate teams like Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) or the organization which has discovered the vulnerability.

The above-mentioned vulnerabilities become the main source for the malicious activities like cracking the systems, LANs, websites etc.

To evaluate or assess the security of any network the following six steps has to be focused,

  1. Spot and realize the approach of your industry or company like how it is structured and managed.
  2. Trace the systems, data, and applications that are exercised throughout the practice of the business.
  3. Investigate the unseen data sources which can permit simple entry to the protected information.
  4. Classify both the physical and virtual servers that run the necessary business applications.
  5. Tracking all the existing security measures which are already implemented.
  6. Inspect the network for any vulnerability.

The list of the best vulnerability scanning tools:

  • Netsparker
  • Acunetix
  • Intruder
  • OpenVAS
  • Nexpose Community
  • Nikto
  • Tripwire IP360
  • Wireshark
  • Aircrack
  • Nessus Professional
  • Retina CS Community
  • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
  • Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Source: softwaretestinghelp.com