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Tech Insight: Free Tools For Offensive Security
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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5/21/2014 | 3:05:58 PM
Thanks for the great interview and live chat, JohnSawyer
For anyone who wants to get some additional insight about what it takes to be a penetration tester be sure to checkout Tim Wilson's Dark Reading radio interview with John: Day In The Life of a Penetration Tester. Lots of really interesting commentary from DR community members in the live chat that followed the broadcost. Here's the link.
johnhsawyer
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5/21/2014 | 1:15:10 PM
Re: prevalence?
Hi, Kelly.

Thank you for the question. Which clients use the tools? Well, if they're a client, then they've likely been subjected to all the tools as part of the testing we've performed for them. Whether or not they're actually using them is hard to say. I know of several specific examples where client's security teams perform regular recon looking for compromised credentials, defaced sites, employees posting sensitive information, etc. For that, they use recon-ng.

The rest of the tools I've seen used during specific demonstrations to show other IT groups within the company vulnerabilities and to prompt the other groups to fix those issues. A lot of this depends on the size of the team, how mature the team is (and the company), are they stuck in reactive mode or do they have time for proactive tasks, and other similar team attributes.

I'd like to see more security teams taking advantage of these tools as I think it would open their eyes to issues they're vulnerable to and help them fix issues before having a 3rd party tester coming in so the 3rd party's time can be focused on critical, high risk areas.

-jhs
johnhsawyer
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johnhsawyer,
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5/21/2014 | 1:00:19 PM
Re: PwnWiki!
Hey, Ed. Thanks for the comment. PwnWiki is a great resource. It's definitely come in handy on a few different pen tests. I need to get my updates sent in sometime soon but just haven't had the time to sort through my notes and get them into a pull request.

-jhs
Ed Moyle
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Ed Moyle,
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5/20/2014 | 9:49:54 AM
PwnWiki!
Just wanted to say thanks for getting this started.  Nice to see PwnWiki getting some love.  
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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5/19/2014 | 6:46:46 PM
prevalence?
John, do many of your enterprise clients use these tools today? 
Hadetona
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Hadetona,
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5/19/2014 | 1:22:16 PM
Very Helpful!
This article is very helpful i must say! Keep up the goof work!


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