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7 Low-Cost Security Tools

Security hardware doesn't have to be expensive or complex to do the job. Here are seven examples of low-cost hardware that could fill a need in your security operations.
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WiFi Pineapple

Most network or security teams have the tools and knowledge to audit a cabled network. Auditing a wireless network is something else, with many groups turning to consultants or expensive wireless tools to complete the job. But with a bit of knowledge and a WiFi Pineapple, groups can see what the radio frequency (RF) environment surrounding them looks like and know whether unwanted visitors are lurking in the radio underbrush.

The WiFi Pineapple Nano (shown above) is one of two versions of the tool. It plugs directly into a USB port, making it easy to use it as part of mobile or campuswide efforts. And those efforts can go beyond merely mapping the RF environment: Many penetration testers use a WiFi Pineapple as part of their WiFi pen-testing kit.

Usefulness as a pen-testing tool means that hackers with darker hats can use a WiFi Pineapple, too, which makes it even more valuable for a security team to understand how it works and what it can do. For less than $200, this low-cost tool can be most useful in a security team's arsenal.

(Image: WiFi Pineapple Nano VIA Hak5)

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