Open Source Tool/Month: NMAP for Enterprises

    Date18 Feb 2008
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    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Contributors
    So when many people think of Nmap, it is often related to those who are new or learning in the world of scanning and tracking network ports. It's open source. It's easy to use (with a GUI). It has a full community of friendly users, plays well with friends, is good with children and even makes cupcakes at parties (okay maybe not those last few). The point is, the reality may not always be apparent; that Nmap provides some serious, enterprise, #&$#!-kicking functionality. And while we tend to avoid pushing specific papers or How-tos that cost money, this paper we found brought up a nice point considering that Nmap is, in fact, our Open Source Tool of the Month.

    So if you were curious as to whether Nmap is serious enough to warrant charging for a how-to, (without shame that is) check this out. Could you find this information elsewhere? Probably. Is it as good? We don't know, we didn't buy it :) Is it easier to understand and follow, especially for someone in a business environment? Just maybe.

    Either way, when push comes to shove, it's nice to see an open source tool get some attention. And who knows? If there's some company manager that doesn't trust Nmap's functionality, maybe a paid analysis of its utility could go farther in convincing them than some free how-to you found online (even from such a trustworthy, experienced site such as this :) Fair is fair, and heck, its food for thought.
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