Vulnerability Testing of Key and Strategic Government Departments against hacking



You are a new IT security professional for a small police department. At first you did not see your agency as being a large target for attacks. However, the city recently appointed a new and very controversial police chief. Following the appointment of the new police chief, you discovered a plain text file in the root of the C: drive on a server that said “hacked by the KDC.”

You have reported this to your immediate supervisor, who has assigned you to perform a penetration test on the agency’s network and to perform a vulnerability assessment. Although you strongly agree with your supervisor and realize that such measures are necessary, you believe that it would be much more appropriate to outsource this to a security consulting firm.

To fulfil your supervisor’s initial request, you are preparing to perform a preliminary network penetration test on your agency’s network. However, you prefer to take an automated approach and are wondering if such network penetration tools exist.

A.  Create a memo (suggested length of 4–5 pages)requesting permission to obtain a network penetration tool by doing the following:  
      1.  Describe three possible network penetration testing tools that you deem to be most practical for the scenario.
      2.  Compare the limitations of each of these three tools.
      3.  Explain how you could use each of these three tools to perform a network penetration test.

B.  When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.


The scenario belongs to Computer Science and it is about networking security, penetration testing and vulnerability testing. In the recent years, due to the phenomenon of hacking, it has become absolutely essential to secure a business computer or a compute on network to be safe from hacking. In this scenario, a computer science professor seeks permission of the police department to hack their server and check whether or not the server has firewalls strong enough to withstand an intruder’s attacks.

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