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Best SecOps Tools: 50 Must-Have Tools for Your SecOps Arsenal, Part 2

In Part 2 of this series, we look at tools that help SecOps teams visualize their data, perform attack modeling, and communicate/share their knowledge.

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SecOps is a multi-faceted function tasked with a variety of responsibilities, not the least of which is coming up with secure software and applications while maintaining the development and release cadence users demand. It's no longer enough to just concern yourself with writing code and developing software.

Fortunately, a number of tools can help SecOps professionals meet these demands and achieve business goals. From dashboards that let SecOps pros view all the essential metrics about their apps in one place, to hunting tools that help users detect patterns and pinpoint potential vulnerabilities, to tools that issue alerts when anomalies arise, to attack modeling tools that create a standardized taxonomy of security threats, and more, there are many types of tools that today's SecOps pros should have in their arsenal.

In this series, we've rounded up 50 of the most useful tools for SecOps teams in the following categories. In this post, we'll look at ChatOps, Sharing, Visualization, and Attack Modeling tools. 


11. Gitter


Gitter combines a networking and chat platform that allows you to connect, manage, and grow your communities using content, discovery, and messaging. Gitter is open source and can be deployed by developers needing to add chat rooms and instant messaging to their projects. Gitter allows you to get notifications on mobile devices in batches, connect to existing IRC clients, and access searchable message archives, among other features. You can even integrate it with Trello, Jenkins, Travis CI, Sentry, Heroku, Sprintly, Pagerduty, Bitbucket, HuBoard, and GitHub.

Key Features: 

  • Easily create communities.
  • Message history and searchable archives.
  • Batch notifications on mobile.
  • Variety of integrations.

12. Slack


Slack is a range of collaboration services and tools that give a log of your messages, files, and people that are all easily searchable. Slack also offers integration with a wide variety of third-party services, as well as those extensions provided by its community of users. You can use Slack with Heroku, Trello, IBM Bluemix, Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, Zendesk, GitHub, Runscope, and other services. Slack is free to use, but you can upgrade to a paid version that offers additional features and guaranteed uptime.

Key Features:

  • Persistent chat rooms, sorted by topic.
  • Direct messaging and private groups.
  • Variety of integrations and extensions.

13. Riot.im


Riot.im makes collaboration easier. It works similarly to Slack, but with a couple of key differences. It's not only a tool to send and share messages, files, and other media, but you can also use video or voice conferencing with Riot.im. You have the option to show full history to new members in a chat room (so they can read what was said before they joined), or you can set it so they can just read the chat history from the time they joined. The secure platform also allows you to run it on your own server, restricting employees from inviting others who are outside your server. Riot.im has several integrations with other services, full room search, and other features. It works just about everywhere - you can access it on your desktop or on your iOS or Android device.

Key Features:

  • Full chat history.
  • Video and voice conferencing.
  • Run on your own server.
  • Multiple integrations.


14. GitBook


GitBook makes it easier for you and your employees to write and publish all types of written content online, such as API and tool documentation, knowledge bases, and FAQs, with seamless collaboration for working simultaneously on the same documents with team members. GitBook is also a documentation-hosting platform, and it's used by more than 200,000 users around the world.

Key Features:

  • Collaborate with team members.
  • Desktop and web editors.
  • Version control.
  • Templates for API documentation, FAQs, manuals, and more.

15. Speaker Deck


If GitBook is perfect for documents, such as FAQs, knowledge bases, and documentation, Speaker Deck speaks to a totally different audience: those who make presentations. Upload your presentation slides, and Speaker Deck hosts it online, enabling your audience and other users to view your presentations. The best thing about Speaker Deck is that it does not serve ads, so there are no distracting advertisements that appear next to your presentation slides. Speaker Deck is owned by GitHub.

Key Features:

  • Host presentation slide decks online.
  • Embed full or partial presentations on websites.
  • Enable users to share your presentation materials.
  • Ad-free viewing.


16. Gephi


Gephi is an open graph visualization platform, allowing you to see and explore your data easily. Free to use, Gephi creates any type of graph to visualize your data. You can utilize Gephi for analyzing links and correlations between two objects, your social data, biological data, and others. It supports a variety of file formats and may be extended by a variety of plug-ins. Every data scientist and analyst should use Gephi to help them understand their data and gain new insights from it.

Key Features:

  • Create graphs, maps, and other visualizations.
  • No coding necessary.
  • Built-in rendering engine.
  • Supports a variety of file formats.

17. ShadowBuster

ShadowBuster is a unique tool that shows you real-time attacks on a map. It can show you when an attack begins, the target site of the attack, the originating IP address, and the location of both the attacker and the site being attacked. Aside from the constantly updating attack map with zoom-in/zoom-out functionality, you can also get tables of information, such as a count of the number of attacks originating from different countries, the hosts being attacked and how many attacks they have received, as well as a more detailed table that shows the target host, what kind of attack was done, the location of the attacker, and the IP address. Get ShadowBuster on GitHub here.

Key Features:

  • View attacks on a map in real time.
  • Identifies target site, the time an attack began, originating IP address, and more.
  • View attack data in a table.

Attack Modeling


CAPEC, or Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification, allows you to understand the attack patterns used by cybercriminals and hackers. It enables educators, analysts, testers, and developers to get to know the different kinds of attacks. Think of it as an encyclopedia of all the known attacks complete with a description of the attack, the prerequisites for the attack, and possible solutions. It also includes links to similar attacks, allowing you to easily find related attack patterns. You can find attack details by mechanism or by domains.

Key Features:

  • Analyze attack patterns.
  • Descriptions of attacks and possible solutions.
  • Discover related attack patterns.

19. SeaSponge

SeaSponge is a threat modeling tool. Threat modeling is done to identify vulnerabilities and security objectives, as well as determine the countermeasures to fight, minimize, or prevent threats to your software. While threat modeling is often not carried out in software development, SeaSponge may just change that. With SeaSponge, you can identify the vulnerabilities in your application and plug them before it goes live. Developed by Mozilla, SeaSponge can be used on just about any browser on any operating system.

Key Features:

  • Intuitive user interface.
  • Identify app vulnerabilities.
  • Works on any browser and any OS.

20. STIX

STIX, or Structured Threat Information Expression, is both a serialization format and a language that may be used to trade CTI or cyber threat intelligence, aiding security professionals and IT personnel in understanding different attacks and vulnerabilities, as well as being able to respond to these events faster and more efficiently. STIX is used for automated threat exchanges, collaborative vulnerability and attack analysis, and automatic response and detection.

Key Features:

  • Share CTI with other organizations.
  • Exchanges are readable by machines.
  • Learn about attack patterns, identity, intrusion set, malware, threat actors, etc.
  • Collaborative vulnerability and attack analysis.
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