The musings of an IT Consultant

Nov 30 2011   11:57PM GMT

Penetration Testing

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So often there are questions from fellow IT colleagues, what can they use to help them in testing their networks to make sure they are secure?

After all, you need to know for sure that everything you’ve done to secure your network is actually working. How do you verify this? You perform a penetration test. If you are not well versed in this you can easily hire a consultant to come in and do this for you. However if you don’t have the monetary means to do this, you can use freely available software out on the Internet to test your security.

One of these is BackTrack 5. This is a security Linux distribution that consists of many tools used to test your network. In addition to this, purchase of a promiscuous wireless network adapter is recommended. This will allow you to perform proper wireless penetration testing.

Just remember one thing, do not ever do this on a network that you do not have permission to do this on. Even if it is for a network that you run, please ensure that you have an outage window declared and permission from the proper people who are authorized to give you permission to carry out the penetration test.

If you’ve never done penetration testing before, I encourage you to build a lab network where you can test to your heart’s content without affecting anybody in a production environment.

-RP

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