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» PRODUCTS l Industry innovators Penetration testing: Core Security just love these folks. Take the than use a “canned” tool, such as way, that includes Core Essentials, AT A GLANCE Flagship product: Core Impact Pro v7.6 I best open source pen testing tool you can think of, put it on steroids, give it a user interface Core Impact. He’s not alone. There are a lot of engineers who feel that way, its little sister, a fully automated scanner version that does its job with just a few mouse clicks.) It Vendor: Core Security Tech.; that makes it simple and fast to until they need to make produc- takes solid commitment to one www.coresecurity.com pen test in a production environ- tion deadlines in operational of my primary principles: Don’t Cost: $30,000 for annual ment without losing the granular- systems. The workloads of most think outside the box. Rather, license to test unlimited range ity of manual testing if you need security engineers preclude the refuse to admit that the box exists of IP addresses it, and you have Core Impact. use of the types of tools we write in the ﬁrst place. Innovation: Forward thinking, Well, almost. for ourselves. There are never- I’ve been watching Core since clear-sighted analysis of the Every year I say that I am going ending challenges for the informa- they started up, and they are inno- needs of their market and solid to ﬁnd a better tool, and I actually tion security and IT departments vators because innovation is their commitment to producing a do comb the market – unsuc- in most organizations. Periodic company personality. It seems a useful penetration testing tool cessfully. It’s not just that Core pen testing is just one of them. bit strange to say that they are Greatest strength: Analytical Security has a very complete What I really like about Core innovators because they are inno- insight script library – everyone has that Impact is that it is the tool I vators, but that circular argument or, at least, claims to. It’s how they would write for myself if I had certainly applies here. implement it. time. It is that and then some. What’s in store the next 12 to 18 I had an interesting discussion Moreover, there is a whole team months at Core? They are doing about that with one of my stu- of engineers and researchers at more with wireless testing, more dents at the university recently. Core developing new test scripts. application testing and working His position was that he would What does it take to come up with on testing vulnerabilities speciﬁc rather write and use his own tools this type of tool? (And, by the to particular vertical markets. Threat analysis: NitroSecurity ow do you differentiate a is analyze it. Sounds like a SIEM
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