I just finished remodeling my kitchen and while it was a lot of work it turned out pretty good and ended up not being as difficult as other tasks I have taken on in my life. The main reason I think the project went as well as it did is because I had the right tools. I have this one saw that I thought I would use once or twice a year when I bought it and it proved to be pretty much invaluable during this project.
The right tools are the key to pretty much any job regardless if that job is remodeling a kitchen or ensuring the security of your network. For a job like securing a network you might want to checkout the Network Security Toolkit (NST) which is a bootable ISO image (Live DVD) based on Fedora 16. It includes many of the most common types of tools that a network security administrator will find useful. While it is aimed at security administrators there are tools on it that most any network engineer will find a use for.
The toolkit can be downloaded here. Once downloaded it can be burned to a bootable DVD or USB memory stick. The types of tools found in the toolkit include:
- Multi-Tap Network Packet Capture
- Web-Based Network Security Tools Management
- Host/IPv4 Address Geolocation
- Network/System Monitoring
- Network Intrusion Detection
- Multi-Port Terminal Server
- VNC Session Management
- Network Interface Bandwidth Monitor
- Active Connections Monitor
- Network Segment ARP Scanner
- Network Packet Capture CloudShark Upload Support