What’s in your network security and troubleshooting toolkit?

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Just curious what tools you have in your network toolkit? I've heard or used snort, TCPDump, NMap, but would love other suggestions

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A couple of tools we use frequently:

- Wireshark
- Sysinternal’s TCPView

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Wireshark is a must!

The Sysinternals toolkit is another excellent selection of utilities for security managers. It is also very valuable to be able to use these tools “live” from the internet. Simply use the address http://live.sysinternals.com/toolname.exe. This will get you the latest version of the tool and you can be sure it is not malware.

I also want to confirm that nmap is a must-have tool for scanning networks and finding open ports and listening services. You don’t know what’s happening on your network unless you listen (Wireshark) and scan (nmap). You can then use the Sysinternals tools (psexec for example to open a remote command shell) to investigate what you found with Wireshark and nmap.

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  • HBIT77
    The 2 tools Carlos mentioned are the best. Also on tasklist.exe from command prompt
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  • Michael Morisy
    Thanks. Both replies are helpful!
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  • Michael Morisy
    [...] After writing about the importance of network forensics in securing your corporate front lines, I thought it might be helpful to pull together some of the top tools for actually helping protect and maintain your network. Have a suggestion to add to our list? E-mail me at Michael@ITKnowledgeExchange.com or update our community Wiki.  [...]
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  • Hakimkt
    many security tools available here also http://sectools.org/
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I use various free and commercial tools. NetScanTools , OmniPeek , BackTrack, and the various Tamosoft analyzers and tools are must-haves!
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  • r3boot
    wireshark also know before ethereal, nmap <---your network swiss utility knife and other bunch of tools that caters to your need
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