Review: Kali Linux - Cybersecurity Tool Suite

EDITORS'
 CHOICE 
EDITOR RATINGS
⁃ Functionality (40%)
⁃ Performance (20%)
⁃ Usability (20%)
⁃ Portability (10%)
⁃ Value (10%)
⁃ OVERALL






PLATFORMS

Standard Install:
Live USB/VMware:

PROS
  • Includes a comprehensive arsenal of cyber tools that are designed to map, enumerate, stress, and hack networks and computer systems.
  • More complete, robust and usable than the BackTrack distro which Kali succeeds.
  • Cybersecurity tools are well organized and prioritized
  • Can be fully installed as an OS or booted as a Linux “live session” from USB, CD or DVD.
  • Supports “Encrypted USB Persistence” so you can securely save changes from a Live USB session to a persistent encryption partition with a “nuke option”.
  • Automatic updates.
  • Free and open source.
CONS
  • Usability is mediocre since most cyber tools must be run using Command-Line Interfaces (CLIs) [FOSS GUI extensions are available for many of the cyber tools, but are not bundled.]
  • Requires Linux shell command familiarity to fully utilize cyber tool capabilities [Most cyber attacks may target Windows computers, but they are usually launched from Linux computers!]
  • Default Gnome desktop theme is relatively user friendly but excessively somber
BOTTOM LINE
  • If you are looking at a low-cost/high-quality cybersecurity tool set, there is no better solution available.

Review of the Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) cyber security tools included in the Kali Linux distribution.

REVIEW SUMMARY

For those comfortable with Linux platforms Kali Linux is the “Swiss Army knife” of cybersecurity tool suites. Kali is a Debian-based Linux distribution (distro) that is designed to support both penetration testing (a.k.a. pentesting, "white hat" hacking, ethical hacking) and digital forensics (a.k.a. computer forensics). Consequently, it contains a comprehensive set of reliable FOSS cybersecurity tools and toolsets that include, but are not limited to, Metasploit Framework, Wireshark, skipfish, aircrack-ng, nap, THC-Hydra, and sqlmap.

The Kali Linux distro can be fully installed as an OS or alternatively booted as a Linux “live session” from USB, CD or DVD. Since Kali supports “Encrypted USB Persistence” you can securely save changes from a Live USB session to a persistent encryption partition with a “nuke option”. All cybersecurity applications bundled with Kali are relatively well organized into functional categories, as well as a prioritized “Top 10 Security Tools” category. As an added sysadmin convenience the Kali distro as well as the bundled applications can be automatically updated via straightforward “apt-get” command.

If you can’t find the cyber tool that you need in Kali, its likely that you either don’t know what you are looking for or you don’t need it. Kali is highly recommended for both noobs and certified ethical hackers.

Cybersecurity Software Reviewed: Kali Linux - Cybersecurity Tool Suite
Date Published: 12/15/2014
Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5 Stars

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