There are a number of ways to get into even the most well protected computer system. Where there is much to do about one’s hacking abilities, the ability to get into these systems and showcase the amount of loopholes that are present is an important one. Metasploit is a framework that does just that, giving companies the knowledge that they need to ensure that they do not lose valuable data. However, the toolkit that is present to do this is a little hard to get into, and Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide is a title that ensures that one will gain more than a cursory skillset with the program.
Aside from just getting into the system, Metasploit will allow individuals to get around anti-virus programs as well as include work with Nessus, NeXpose and Nmap into the overall perview of Metasploit. Finally, this book provides individuals with the information that they need to make their own programs in the framework; the descriptions that are present will allow practically anyone this opportunity.
The book is written in a way that does not seem too simple, but will not exclude anyone that has a genuine interest in the program and what it can do. Kennedy et al’s work with this title is nothing less than masterful; there is no nook or cranny for the program and its various third-party addons that is not covered. I would hope that the book is re-released on a biyearly (or so) basis. Making sure that security systems are rigid and able to deal with any problems that may arise is one of the most important things that an IT or computer security worker can ensure. Pick it up from No Starch today.
Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide (Book) / 2011 No Starch Press / http://www.nostarch.com