19 open source GitHub projects for security pros

GitHub has a ton of open source options for security professionals, with new entries every day. Add these tools to your collection and work smarter

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When it comes to performing ongoing maintenance, stomping out crises, or scoping new projects, most administrators either execute tasks manually or write a script to automate the process. But the really smart ones look for a capable tool to do the job.

With more than 800 security-focused projects, GitHub offers IT administrators and information security professionals a wealth of tools and frameworks for malware analysis, penetration testing, computer and network forensics, incident response, network monitoring, and a whole lot more.

Here are some of the most effective open source security projects that anyone charged with protecting their systems and networks should check out. We've grouped them by task for easy reference:

Penetration testing

When it comes to penetration testing, look no further than Rapid7's Metasploit Framework. With an extensive library of exploits, security professionals can use the exploit development and delivery system to assess the security of an application or network before attackers do.

The platform's versatility comes from its modular structure: Plug in the appropriate module and test computers, phones, routers, switches, industrial control systems, and embedded devices. Metasploit can run on a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and iOS.

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