• CEH Coupon Code – Reduced Rate on EC-Council’s CEH Course

    Authorized EC-Council CyberSecurity Online Course ResellerC|EH – Certified Ethical Hacker



    The CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker – from EC-Council is the world’s most advanced and in demand ethical hacking and penetration testing course.

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    It consistently features in lists of the ‘most in demand security certifications’, such as these:

    Version 10 of the CEH online training course covers 20 of the most up to date and important security domains you will need to consider as an ethical hacker when you are looking to test how well your organization is prepared for attacks, and to improve information security policies through identifying potential weaknesses. Taking you through 18 modules, the course comprehensively covers over 270 attack methods and technologies commonly used by cyber criminals and hackers.

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    Due to the current terms of our partnership with EC-Council, we aren’t allowed to specify the % discount, but you will find out when you enter the code at the checkout.

    What is included with the course?

    You’ll get access to over 140 labs, which have been specially designed by EC-Council’s security experts to mimic real time scenarios. You’ll see what it’s like to experience an attack, as if it were real!

    In addition to this you’ll be provided with access to more than 2,200 hacking tools that are commonly used by the ethical hacker community, to help you on your way to being fully immersed in the ethical hacker world.

    What does the new version (version 10) include?

    CEH Version 10 includes:

    • Additional focus on hacking mobile phones via footprinting, scanning, enumeration, system hacking, sniffing, DDoS attack, etc.
    • Covers the latest Trojans, Viruses, and Backdoors
    • More labs on hacking mobiles cloud computing
    • An additional 40% new labs
    • Covers Information Security Controls and Information Security Laws and Standards

    How is the course delivered?

    You can choose either a Live, Online, Instructor-led course, or if you prefer to do things at your own pace you can choose the self-paced online course using EC-Council’s iLearn option.

    What is the aim of the course?

    The main aim of the Certified Ethical Hacker online training course is to help you master an ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a penetration testing or ethical hacking situation.

    The course will prepare you for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam.

    The aim is that at the day you’ll walk out the door with highly in demand ethical hacking skills that employers are crying out for, along with the globally recognized and highly respected Certified Ethical Hacker certification!


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  • CHFI Coupon Code – Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator

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    The CHFI from EC-Council is a computer forensics course that will give you a range of skills to help you identify an intruder’s footprints and teach you how to gather the necessary evidence to prosecute.

    You will be taught about many of the top tools used in computer forensics, including hardware, software, and specialized techniques.

    It is no longer a matter of “will your organization be comprised (hacked)?” but, rather, “when?”

    Make sure you’re ready by completing this online training course and getting certified as a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator.

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    Recognition by National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Standard based required training for network security professionals.

    Benefits of Forensic Readiness

    • Evidence can be gathered to act in the company’s defense if subject to a lawsuit
    • In the event of a major incident, a fast and efficient investigation can be conducted and corresponding actions can be followed with minimal disruption to the business
    • Extend the target of information security to the wider threat from cybercrime, such as intellectual property protection, fraud, or extortion.
    • Improve and make the interface to law enforcement easier.

    What you will learn in CHFI

    • The process of investigating cyber-crime, laws involved in cyber-crime investigation, and obtaining Search Warrant
    • How to search and seize computers with or without a warrant, how to use technology to obtain information,
    • Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and Electronic Surveillance in Communications Networks
    • Different types of digital evidence, rules of evidence, digital evidence examination process, and electronic crime and digital evidence consideration by crime category
    • Roles of first responder, first responder toolkit, securing and evaluating electronic crime scene, conducting preliminary interviews, documenting electronic crime scene, collecting and preserving electronic evidence, packaging and transporting electronic evidence, reporting the crime scene
    • Gathering volatile and non-volatile information from Windows
    • Data acquisition and duplication rules, validation methods and tools required
    • How to recover deleted files and deleted partitions in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
    • The process involved in forensic investigation using AccessData FTK and Encase
    • Steganography and its techniques, Steganalysis, and image file forensics
    • Password Cracking Concepts, tools, and types of password attacks


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  • CCISO Coupon Code – Certified Chief Information Security Officer

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    The CCISO Certification from EC-Council is an industry-leading CISO training program that recognizes the variety and depth of real-world experience that is required to succeed at Executive level in information security. Using the CCISO coupon code allows you to obtain this qualification with a reduced rate.

    C|CISO was listed above the CISSP as one of the certifications held by top earners in Certification Magazine’s
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    The Body of Knowledge for the EC-Council C|CISO course was written by seasoned CISOs. The course will take you through all five the CCISO Domains (more information below) in depth, and is perfect for current and aspiring CISOs.

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    CCISO Domains

    Domain 1: Governance (Policy, Legal & Compliance)
    Domain 2: IS Management Controls and Auditing Management
    Domain 3: Management – Projects and Operations (Projects, Technology & Operations)
    Domain 4: Information Security Core Competencies
    Domain 5: Strategic Planning & Finance

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    Current and aspiring CISOs


    5 years of IS management experience in 3 of the 5 CCISO Domains.

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    Here is some more information on what you can expect from EC Council’s CCISO Exam…

    Exam Format: Multiple Choice
    Total number of questions: 250
    Exam duration: 4 Hours
    Required passing score: 70%
    Course Length: 5 Days if you choose the live, online instructor-led option. Alternatively choose to learn at your own pace using EC-Council’s iLearn Self-Paced Online Security Management Training.


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  • Black Monday – KRACK WiFi and ROCA RSA vulnerabilities

    Posted on 18/10/2017 by | 0 comments

    Are you affected by KRACK and ROCA, and how can you manage this?

    Monday October 16th, 2017 is already being referred to as “Black Monday” in information security circles.

    In case you haven’t already heard the news, two separate major security vulnerabilities – KRACK and ROCA – were announced that affect everyone globally who uses WiFi or public key encryption respectively.

    KRACK – WiFi WPA2 Vulnerability

    The KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) vulnerability allows attackers to decrypt connections that are encoded using the WPA2 protocol. This is bad news, as most WiFi devices uses this form of encryption. In fact, around 60% of all WiFi networks in the world are secured using WPA2 according to Wigle.net (https://wigle.net/stats#).

    Researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven) in Belgium have found that the issue stems from a inherent weakness in the cryptographic standard itself, rather than being caused by indvidual devices or coding errors.

    Once bypassed, hackers can intercept sensitive data such as passwords, credit card details, online banking or other login information. They could aso theoretically inject malware, ransomeware, or other malicious code into the WiFi network.

    Who is affected?

    Basically any device that uses WiFi can be assumed to be vulnerable. This includes the routers themselves, as well as anything connected to WiFi networks – routers, PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, IoT devices, etc.

    Manufacturers and products that may be impacted include Apple, Android, Linksys, Netgear, Linux, Nest, Cisco, Amazon, and more.

    How can I manage or resolve the issue?

    Firstly, check for updates from the manufacturers of all devices on your network. Keep an eye on their websites for news on when patches will be available, and install them as soon as possible.

    ZDNet and BleepingComputer both have lists of the patches that are currently available and on the way.

    In the meantime it is advisable to avoid using public WiFi, or WiFi hotspots that are in or around crowded areas until you are sure that all elements have been secured.

    Where can I learn more?

    You can read more of the technical details around the KRACK vulnerability at https://www.krackattacks.com. The information is provided by the researchers themselves, along with an academic paper and video:

    ROCA (CVE-2017-15361) – RSA Encryption Vulnerability

    Potentially impacting billions of devices, the ROCA (Return of Coppersmith’s Attack) vulnerability was discovered by security researchers at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.

    They found a severe flaw in the RSA cryptographic library used in a wide range of cryptographic chips produced by German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies.

    The encryption vulnerability affects the RSA key pair generation by Infineon’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM). It effectively means that a remote attacker could use the value of an RSA public key to compute the associated private key. This could then be used to decrypt sensitive data, or even to impersonate the owner of the private key.

    Who is affected?

    The RSA library and chips in question are widely used, and are integrated into encryption tokens and products made by other vendors. They are used in authentication, encryption, signatures, message protection, and also for secure browsing using TLS/HTTPS.

    You should therefore assume that you are probably are impacted, and carry out investigations accordingly.

    Potential impact of ROCA vulnerability

    How can I manage or resolve the issue?

    Some of the major vendors including Microsoft, Goole, Lenovo, HP, and Fujitsu have already released software updates and guidelines to help mitigate the issue.

    You can also use the tools created by the researchers to find out if you are using any chips with the vulnerable RSA library (see below).

    Where can I learn more?

    Here’s the full post and list of tools from the researchers.

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  • 11 of the Best Security Certifications to Boost your Career in 2017

    Posted on 11/07/2017 by | 0 comments

    ISCN BLOG: 11 of the Best Security Certifications to Boost your Career in 2017

    If you’re looking to get ahead in 2017, getting certified is one of the best ways to do it. However, there are a lot of security certifications out there, so where should you start? We’ve taken a look at some of the best security certifications that can help to boost your career.

    Choosing the right security certification for you depends on a number of factors, mostly relating the area or specialism within cyber security that you want to work in. Some qualifications are great if you want to move into general security consulting, or security management, and there are also more specific certificates if you want to move into ethical hacking, network security, PCI or policy auditing, etc.

    If you’re interested in studying toward any of the certifications below, you can view all of the latest discounts and deals on security training courses on our homepage, as we have a number of special offers available from our different training partners.

    There are also links to our exclusive training discounts for some of the certifications listed below.

    Whether you are getting started in cyber security, or looking to advance your career, here are 11 certifications that will provide you with the right credentials to kick-start a successful IT security career in 2017 and beyond.

    1. CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional

    The CISSP is an advanced-level certification from ISC2 and is considered by many to be the gold standard in information security qualifications. It consistently tops lists of the best security certifications due to the wide-ranging nature of the course material. To become fully CISSP qualified, you must sit an exam which consists of 250 questions and takes an average of 6 hours to complete, and have at least 5 years of relevant experience. On top of that, you need to keep your knowledge up to date by obtaining CPE learning credits by attending related events.

    CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional - ISC2

    The CISSP qualification is specifically designed for professionals with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in the industry (you can be a CISSP associate while you build up your experience if you pass the exam). The exam covers all of the main cyber security domains, such as access control, security management practices, security models and architecture, cryptography, telecommunications and networking. If you want to become a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), CISSP is a must. In addition, you will also be qualified to handle other job titles, such as Systems Engineer, Analyst, Consultant and Manager. The average annual salary for CISSP holders is $121,000 but it may vary depending on the job role, experience and location.

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    2. CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker

    The CEH from EC-Council is a must for IT professionals pursuing a career in ethical hacking. Holders of the CEH certificate possess the skills, knowledge and hacking techniques required to beat their malicious counterparts in various areas, such as scanning networks, foot-printing and reconnaissance, system hacking, enumeration, worms & viruses, denial-of-service attacks, Trojans, social engineering, hacking web servers, session hijacking, web applications, cryptography, wireless networks, firewalls, penetration testing, honeypots and IDS/IPS.

    CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker - EC-Council

    The CEH exam lasts 4 hours and contains around 125 multiple choice questions. In order to be eligible for the CEH exam, you need to have at least 2 years work experience. The average annual salary of Certified Ethical Hackers is approximately $103,000.

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    3. CCISO – Certified Chief Information Security Officer

    The CCISO certification program from EC-Council is the first-of-its-kind training program aimed at producing top-level IT security executives. The focus of the CCISO is not solely on technical knowledge but on the application of information security management principles.

    CCISO - Certified Chief Information Security Officer - EC-Council

    It’s been created by CISOs for CISOs, and is therefore one of the best security certifications if you want to move into senior level security positions. The program covers 5 security domains:

    ● Governance
    ● IS Management Controls and Auditing Management
    ● Management – Projects and Operations
    ● Information Security Core Competencies
    ● Strategic Planning and Finance

    Current, as well as aspiring CISOs can hugely benefit from this certification program. To be eligible for the CCISO exam, individuals need to have 5 years of IS management experience in any 3 of the 5 CCISO domains.

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    4. CISM – Certified Information Security Manager

    CISM is a certification program focused on information security management and is a big plus point for those looking for a lucrative InfoSec management or consultant jobs. It is one of the top credentials for IT professionals responsible for developing the best organisational security practices. Those involved in managing, developing and overseeing information security systems in enterprise-level applications can also benefit from this program.

    CISM - Certified Information Security Manager - ISACA

    Holders of the CISM credential possess advanced skills and knowledge in program development and management, security risk management, incident management, governance and response. To be eligible for this certification program, you need to have 5 years of verifiable experience.

    5. CompTIA Security+

    CompTIA Security+ almost always appears in lists of the best security certifications as it is a vendor-neutral security certification and a globally-recognized benchmark for the best practices in IT security. This certification program covers all the essentials of security systems, network security and risk management, identity management, cryptography and organisational systems. If you want to have a successful career in IT security, this certification is a great place to start.

    CompTIA Security+

    Even though Security+ is an entry-level certification, candidates should possess a minimum of 2 years’ experience in network security. To really boost your IT security career, it would be beneficial to first obtain the CompTIA Network+ certification, followed by the Security+ certificate. Security+ credential holders can look forward to landing a job with an average annual salary of $94,000.

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    6. CCSP – Certified Cloud Security Professional

    The CCSP certification program from ISC2 is becoming more popular with the spread of cloud computing systems. It is specifically designed for information security professionals with a minimum of 5 years work experience, including a minimum of 1 year of cloud security experience and 3 years of information security experience.

    CCSP - Certified Cloud Security Professional - ISC2

    This certification program is suitable for mid to advanced-level professionals involved with information security, IT architecture, governance, web and cloud security engineering, risk and compliance, as well as IT auditing. CCSP credential holders are competent in the 6 CCSP domains mentioned below:

    ● Architectural Concepts and Design Requirements
    ● Cloud Data Security
    ● Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Security
    ● Cloud Application Security
    ● Operations
    ● Legal and Compliance

    The average annual salary for CCSP certificate holders is currently $81, 374.

    7. GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)

    If you are interested in demonstrating your skills in securing IT systems, you can enroll for the GSEC exam. This certification exam is offered by GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification). GIAC is a body which is recognized globally for its state-of-the-art cyber security certifications.

    GSEC - GIAC Security Essentials Certification

    GSEC is an entry-level certification offering hands-on security experience beyond terminology and knowledge, and is another good all-round certification that a lot of employers look for. GSEC credential holders possess technical skills and knowledge in areas such as password management, identification and prevention of common and wireless attacks, DNS, authentication, IPv6, Linux, cryptography fundamentals, network mapping, ICMP and network protocols. This certification has to be renewed every 4 years. You can expect an average annual salary of $77,000.

    8. CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control

    If you want to develop a better understanding of how IT risks are related to the overall functioning and working of an organisation, then the CRISC certification program is one of the best security certifications. This program will help you in developing the technical skills required to understand and manage the corporate risks and implement the right controls to prevent a security breach.

    CRISC - Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control - ISACA

    The CRISC certificate is often a necessity for c-suite executives, as well as risk & privacy officers and chief compliance officers. To apply for this certification program, you need a minimum experience of 3 years. The average annual salary for top-tier CRISC credential holders is $122,954.

    9. PCI DSS QSA – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Qualified Security Assessor

    If you are an InfoSec professional and currently handling the responsibilities of a compliance officer or are a part of the internal audit team, or if you tackle business operations and security infrastructure relating to payment card details, PCI-QSA is definitely one of the best security certifications you can have.


    To be eligible for the PCI-DSS QSA certification, you need to have sound IT security knowledge and a strong IT and Networking background. The certification program aims to provide applicants with a general understanding of the working of the credit card industry and in-depth knowledge of security and IT applications, databases or servers and network configurations. Expertise in PCI gives individuals an edge to pursue multiple job roles within their organisation. PCI-QSA certificate holders along with PA-QSA (Payment Application Qualified Security Assessors) are often in demand on either a permanent or contract basis as companies are increasingly looking for candidates with a broader range of expertise and specialized talent.

    10. GIAC Security Expert (GSE) – Global Information Assurance Certificate

    The GSE certification from GIAC can be considered one of the best security certifications – it is certainly one of the most advanced and respected. It’s at a much higher level than the more common GSEC information security certificate by GIAC, and is aimed at those seeking in-depth knowledge in all areas of information security.

    Being GSE certified demonstrates that the holder is not only fully proficient and competent in a wide variety of skills required for top-level Infosec jobs, but has actually mastered them and is at the top of their game – joining the elite practitioners in their field.

    GSE - GIAC Security Expert

    The baseline requirements for the GSE certification are that you must already have passed a combination of some of the other GIAC certifications (GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, GCWN, GCUX, GCIH) or other higher level certifications, along with previous experience in the subject areas.

    The GSE exam tests the ability of applicants in general security, incident handling and intrusion detection and analysis, and has 2 parts: a 3-hour multiple choice exam and a 2-day hands-on lab. The certification must be renewed every 4 years by taking the latest version of the multiple choice exam (unlike other certs, CPEs cannot be used to renew the qualification).

    11. SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner

    SSCP from ISC2 is a first-rate entry-level IT security certification and is the perfect precursor to the much favored CISSP certification. If you are hoping to land a job as a Network Security Engineer, Security Analyst, Database Administrator, Security Administrator, Systems Engineer, Security Consultant or Network/Systems Analyst, SSCP certification is one of the best security certifications to start with. The SSCP exam lasts 3 hours and includes 125 multiple choice questions.

    SSCP - Systems Security Certified Practitioner - ISC2

    SSCP certificate holders demonstrate the ability and technical skills required for tackling the operational responsibilities and demands of security practitioners, focusing on the following CBK domains:

    • Access Controls
    • Security Operations and Administration
    • Risk Identification, Monitoring, and Analysis
    • Incident Response and Recovery
    • Cryptography
    • Network and Communications Security
    • Systems and Application Security

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  • Which are the Preferred Operating Systems of Professional Hackers?

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    ISCN BLOG: Which are the Preferred Operating Systems of Professional Hackers?


    # Who are the real hackers?

    The term ‘real hackers’ does not refer to white hat hackers and security researchers. Instead, it relates to cybercriminals and hacktivists. They are also called gray hat or black hat hackers since they work against media enterprises, the government and companies as a form of protest or solely for their profit. Since these hackers illegally infiltrate into computer networks and systems, they use operating systems with high technology so that they can avoid being detected or mapped out. Also, the operating system should provide them with the latest hacking tools and features.

    # Which OS’s are used by black hat & gray hat hackers?

    Search online and you can find numerous blog posts claiming that ‘real hackers’ prefer to use Linux OS for carrying out their black hat hacking operations.

    But it has actually been proven otherwise. The reports of high-risk hacking show that some hackers use MS Windows to hide in plain sight. Windows, a target for many hackers, requires them to work with Windows-only environments, including Windows-based malware, .NET framework, Trojans or viruses. Hackers use cheap burner laptops purchased from Craigslist to build a lightweight bootable ghost image, which cannot be mapped back to them. These laptops have special SD card and USB options that are easy to destroy, hide or even swallow, if required.

    Many hackers go the extra mile and create second writable space for limited persistent local storage and read-only partitions for the operating system. There are still others, the paranoid types, who further add a hotkey panic button for quick scrubbing of the RAM and running a sysRq-trigger to prevent any kind of tracing.

    The bootable OS ghost image, which is smaller, is written out to an encoded SD card. After this, the burner laptop is disassembled and meticulously destroyed. Special attention is paid by the hackers towards the physical destruction of the RAM, hard drive and network card. A sledgehammer or blowtorch is also sometimes used for the destruction of such computers.

    Even though some black hat hackers use Windows OS, there are others preferring the following Linux distribution:

    1. Live Hacking OS

    Based on Linux, Live Hacking OS is a pack of useful hacking tools used in penetration testing or ethical hacking. It consists of the GNOME inbuilt, which is a graphical user interface. A second variation is available, which only has command line. It requires less hardware and is easy to operate.

    2. Network Security Toolkit (NST)

    This is a bootable live CD based on Fedora Core. It provides the best open source computer security and networking tools and runs on most of the x86 platforms. This toolkit was designed with the main intent of providing a comprehensive set of open source network security tools to network security administrators. It is used for regular networking diagnostic, monitoring and security responsibilities.

    3. DEFT

    DEFT stands for Digital Evidence and Forensic Toolkit and is based on the Ubuntu operating system. It is a collection of computer forensic documents and programs created by thousands of companies, individuals and teams, each of which may come under a different license. The process to be followed in determining which software will be shipped and installed on the DEFT CD by default is outlined by the License Policy.

    4. Kali Linux

    Designed for penetration testing and digital forensics, Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distro. It is one of the most advanced and versatile penetration testing distros. Devon Kearns and Mati Aharoni of Offensive Security Ltd. developed it by rewriting BackTrack. Kali is funded and maintained by Offensive Security. Its tools are frequently updated and it is available for different platforms, such as ARM and VMware.

    5. Knoppix STD (Security Tools Distribution)

    This is a Live CD Linux distro based on Knoppix and focuses on tools for computer security. GPL licensed tools are included in the below-mentioned categories:

    • Encryption
    • Authentication
    • Forensics
    • Password cracking
    • Firewalls
    • Network utilities
    • Honeypots
    • Penetration
    • Intrusion detection system
    • Wireless networking
    • Packet sniffers
    • Vulnerability assessment
    • Assemblers

    On 24th January 2004, version 0.1 of Knoppix STD was published on Knoppix 3.2, after which, due to the lack of updated packages and drivers, the project was brought to a halt. The release date for version 0.2 has not yet been announced. On the official website, a list of tools is available.

    6. Cyborg Hawk

    A lot of hackers are of the opinion that Cyborg Hawk, a new operating system based on Ubuntu Linux, is the most powerful and cutting-edge penetration testing distribution that has ever been created. It is lined up with the most quintessential collection of tools for cyber-security experts and professional ethical hackers. While Kali has more than 300 tools, Cyborg Hawk has 700+, along with dedicated tools and menu for analysis of malware and mobile security. It is considered to be a better OS than Kali.

    7. Samurai Web Testing Framework

    The Samurai Web Testing Framework, a live Linux environment, has been pre-configured to operate a web pen-testing environment. The CD comprises of the best of the free tools and open source that pay attention to testing and attacking websites. In developing this environment, the selection of tools has been based on the tools used for security practice. It includes the tools used in all four stages of a web pen-test.

    8. Pentoo

    Pentoo, a Live USB and Live CD based on Gentoo Linux, is created for security assessment and penetration testing. It is provided as a 32, as well as a 64-bit, installable Live CD. Also, it is available for an existing Gentoo installation as an overlay. Pentoo features GPGPU cracking software, packet injection patched Wi-Fi drivers and a number of tools for security assessment & penetration testing. GRsecurity and PAX hardening is included in the Pentoo kernel, along with extra patches with binaries that are compiled from a hardened toolchain. The most recent nightly versions of some of the tools are also available.

    9. Blackbuntu

    A Linux distribution by nature, Blackbuntu was developed for penetration testing. It was designed especially for practitioners of information security and security training students. The testing is based on GNOME Desktop Environment. On BackTrack situation, it is used in Ubuntu 10.10.

    10. GnackTrack

    GnackTrack is an open and free project combining Linux GNOME desktop and penetration testing tools. It is based on Ubuntu and is a Live (and installable) Linux distro created for penetration testing. It comes with multiple tools, such as W3AF, Metasploit and Armitage, helpful for effective penetration testing.

    11. NodeZero

    An experienced team of testers and developers have put together this distro. It is based on Linux kernel and obtained from Ubuntu. Historically, penetration testing distributions have utilized the concept of the Live system of Linux, which means that they try not to make any permanent effects to a system. Therefore, all changes disappear after reboot and run from media, such as USB drives and discs. However, its usefulness depletes when used for testing regularly. Additionally, it is believed that Live Systems do not scale well in a robust testing environment.

    12. Parrot-sec Forensic OS

    As a Debian GNU/Linux-based operating system in combination with Kali Linux and Frozenbox OS, it provides the best-in-breed penetration and testing experience. Developed by the Frozenbox Dev Team, it is an operating system for penetration testing and IT security.

    13. Weakerth4n

    Weakerth4n is developed from Debian Squeeze and is a penetration testing distribution. It uses Fluxbox for the desktop environment. As it consists of a number of Wireless cracking and hacking tools, it is ideal for Wi-Fi hacking. The wireless tools include:

    • SQL hacking
    • Password cracking
    • Wi-Fi attacks
    • Cisco exploitation
    • Bluetooth
    • Social engineering
    • Web hacking
    • Information gathering
    • VoIP hacking
    • Networking and creating shells
    • Fuzzing android hacking

    Now, it is clear that most black hat hackers prefer using Linux but also have to use Windows, as their targets are mostly on Windows-run environments. With most financial firms moving to Linux-based servers, the scenario is gradually changing. In addition, Mac OS X is not a very popular target for hacking attempts and malware. This is because it is not as famous a server as Linux, nor as widely used a client as Windows. Therefore, people using this OS are given a false sense of security.


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