12 Cyber Security Tools Every IT Professionals Must Use


Let us take a look at some of the top Cyber security tools used to find the vulnerable systems and protect your privacy. Cyber security and IT security is the protection of internet connected systems included hardware, software or electronic data from theft, damage, disruption or misdirection of the services they do.

Most of the companies now understand the importance of cyber security in preserving their data integrity. Several approaches to cyber security are available and so you should first understand your firm’s security needs and choose an apt solution to cyber-attacks.

In the case of startups companies and middle-sized companies, outsourcing Security as a Service is not possible because of the financial constraints. But in-house cyber security tools can be considered as a strategic pick. The cyber security tools provide the same defense to your network, information, and application security with secure disaster recovery methods.

Cyber security Penetration Testing Tools

Cyber security penetration testing tools are used as part of penetration test to automate tasks, improve testing efficiency and find issues that are difficult to find using manual analysis skills alone. It can help you to uncover the flaws in your systems before the attackers find them.


Metasploit is an open source penetration testing tool that works on servers, networks, and online-based applications. Cyber security teams and professional hackers have relied on this tool for its pen-testing capabilities to achieve different goals such as finding weak links in the system life cycle, conducting security evaluations to previous flaws and designing defense methodologies. This tool helps in keeping them a step ahead from any cyber threat.


Nmap (Network Mapper) is an outstanding free open source pen-testing tool which is available for all operating systems. Nmap can scan large and small-scale networks and works well with system auditing and network discovery. It is very helpful for System and network admins for handling network inventory, monitoring host or service uptime, and managing service upgrade schedules.

Cybersecurity Encryption Tools

Cyber security encryption tools are used to safeguard the confidentiality of the data while storing and transactions. These tools perform by hiding the content from eavesdropping and spoofing attempts. At present there are email, file, communication, hardware, and network traffic encryption tools.


OpenPGP is an open source email encryption tool which is used by many companies to provide secure email communication. This tool encrypts emails during transmission by using public key cryptography. It supports email applications like Outlook, Thunderbird, Mutt, and iPGMail for different OS. In order to use the OpenPGP protocol you have to install additional plugins.


Bitchat is a communication encryption tool which provides end-to-end encryption for all communication purposes. Bitchat assures you secure P2P transmissions and can be used over private LAN and Internet networks for file transfers and instant messaging. The tool does not generate any meta-data but only saves your registration email.


AxCrypt is a free open source file encryption tools that permits you to secure highly confidential individual files. This tool is easy to install and use and provide a multifaceted file security level to your hard disk encryption. This tool is highly recommended by system admins for your Windows file security needs.


VeraCrypt is a non-proprietary hard disk encryption tool used on most OS. Securing your hard disk involves two kinds of disk encryption tools – one-time and transparent. One-time disk encryption tool encrypts and decrypts your entire disk at once. This means that every time you decrypt a drive you will need to encrypt it again when storing it back. Transparent disk encryption tool permits access to encrypted drives and does not require re-encrypting it while storing back.

These are the best hard disk encryption tools for laptops and USBs. VeraCrypt is very much recommended for your hard disk transparent encryption uses.


OpenSSL is a network traffic encryption tool that protect the traffic on your physical network and during remote connections. OpenSSL is the best toolkit for SSL (Secure Sockets Layers) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol needs. It’s free for commercial and non-commercial use with little subjections to its license condition.


Surfshark is an online VPN tool that encrypts your online actions. It provides unrestricted content access at super-fast speeds while securing you from malware and trackers. It will also encrypt all your traffic. The VPN supports all mainstream OS and is available at a small fee.

Cyber Security Intrusion Detection and Prevention Tools

Intrusion detection tools are applications which are used to monitor a system or network for any malicious activity. They make use of alarm filters to distinguish false attacks from malicious ones.

There are two classifications namely Host Based Intrusion Detection System (HIDs) and Network based Intrusion Detection System (NIDs). Intrusion prevention tools examines network traffic flows to detect and prevent vulnerability exploits.

Security Onion

Security Onion is an open source NIDs and HIDs tool which is distributed by Linux for log management and enterprise security monitoring. Its security tools include Bro, Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, Snort, OSSEC, Suricata, Sguil, NetworkMiner, Squert, and much more. This intrusion detection system is easy to install and use.


OSSEC is an HIDS tool that observes and alerts you of any system breach. It monitors your system’s files integrity, logs, process and performs root checking. When an attack is detected, the software sends alert emails to your system administrator or export the threat to SIEM for an evaluation.

Cyber Security Password Manager Tools

Password managers tools protects all system passwords. They are used to generate and retrieve complex passwords from an encrypted database. There three types of password managers used are online password applications that protect your online data, application software installed in-house and physical hardware keys.


LastPass protects your online and local system passwords. This is highly recommended and it is easy to use. This tool helps to sync to all your devices. When a password attack is attempted it automatically changes it to safer encryption.


Dashlane is a password manager that stores all your passwords in one suitable area while protecting its sensitivity and access. This is available for Android and iOS platforms.

All the above-mentioned cyber security tools are fundamental to the safety of your IT infrastructure. All these tools are sure to keep you a step ahead of cyber-attacks. It is time to invest in some of these which gives you a multi-approach defense mechanism to any attack.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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