During a gathering of hackers and security professionals at the Black Hat and DefCon shows in Las Vegas last weekend, computer security company BindView Corp. issued two free security tools and an update to its HackerShield software, which scans for the top 10 Internet threats reported by the SANS Institute.
The System Administration, Networking, and Security Institute is a cooperative research and education organization made up of more than 96,000 system administrators, security professionals, and network administrators. The group, along with the FBI and the Justice Department, issued a list of top 10 Internet threats in June.
BindView is offering a "rapid fire update 208" for its HackerShield users to check for vulnerabilities in their systems, says Mark Loveless, a member of Razor, BindView's team of security experts. "As people put up systems, usually the last thing to do is security," Loveless says. "There are basic things that people forget, and this is what you can use these tools to scan for."
The Razor team also offered VLAD the Scanner and DeSpoof. Like the HackerShield, VLAD the Scanner checks for vulnerabilities, but it can only work on one system at a time. DeSpoof checks to see whether a packet of information sent across a network actually originated from where it says it came from, or whether it has been given a false source address, or "spoofed." Both tools are free and available at http://razor.bindview.com.