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Best SecOps Tools: 50 Must-Have Tools for Your SecOps Arsenal, Part 5

Testing is an integral part of ensuring the security of your code. Read on to get an overview of ten great tools that help with security testing.

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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 focus on testing tools. 

41. IronWASP


IronWASP can help you find security vulnerabilities and issues on your website, checking for dozens of commonly seen web vulnerabilities. The open source scanner is graphical and very intuitive to use; in fact, you don't even need to be an IT security professional in order to use it. You can also extend it with different plug-ins. Moreover, you can get additional modules that were built by its growing community, including a Wi-Fi router scanner, an SAP security scanner, and other tools.

Key Features:

  • Efficient and powerful scanning engine.
  • Get security reports in rich text and HTML.
  • Detects false positives.
  • Scripting engines for Ruby and Python.
  • Extensible with plug-ins and additional modules.

42. Lynis


Lynis evaluates how strong Linux and Unix systems are in terms of security. The open source tool is a favorite among auditors, IT security professionals, and system administrators when it comes to security auditing. You can run Lynis on the host to allow it to conduct comprehensive security scans. Data and reports are shown on your screen and all findings are logged into a report file, while the more technical results are kept in a log file.

Key Features:

  • No installation required.
  • Compatible with AIX, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, NixOS, and other Unix-based OSs.
  • Hundreds of tests.

43. Node Security Platform


Node Security Platform ensures that security stops being just an afterthought and makes it part of your workflow. It continually monitors your app to see if there is a new vulnerability you have to correct. It can even suggest mitigation strategies, helping you figure out how to fight or remove these security holes.

Key Features:

  • Extensible and compatible with a variety of development tools and software.
  • Continually monitors apps to detect vulnerabilities.
  • Recommends threat mitigation strategies.

44. npm-check and npm-outdated


Two command line tools from npm - npm-check and npm-outdated - also provide an easy way to check your code's packages and dependencies. npm-outdated will check your system's registry to look for packages you have installed but that are now outdated. Running npm-outdated would give you a list of the packages installed, the installed version, the latest version, its location, and the wanted version. On the other hand, npm-check allows you to see which of your dependencies are not used in your code, are incorrect, or are outdated. Not only does this point out the outdated dependencies, but the results will also include a link to the documentation to help you decide whether to update it or not.

Key Features:

  • Command line tools from npm.
  • Easily check your code packages and dependencies.
  • Checks system registry to identify outdated packages.
  • Evaluates dependencies to identify those that are incorrect, outdated, or not in use.
  • Provides links to documentation for updating outdated dependencies.

45. OSS Fuzz


OSS Fuzz allows you to do fuzz testing, a commonly used technique to discover programming errors in your software. The beauty of fuzz testing is that not only does it help you find coding errors, but it will also help you ensure better security. OSS Fuzz improves the security of open source software by informing the maintainer or programmer about bugs that they should fix. Once fixed, OSS Fuzz will be able to immediately confirm it. Google, the company that develops OSS Fuzz, also maintains a page listing all known bugs reported by OSS Fuzz.

Key Features:

  • Identifies bugs in open source software.
  • Informs programmers and developers of bugs that should be rectified.
  • Immediately confirms whether fixes are effective.



OWASP Offensive Web Testing Framework, or OWASP OWTF, has a simple goal: make security evaluation as painless and as efficient as possible. It does this by automating the manual tasks of penetration testing. Instead of worrying about manual activities, penetration testers can devote their time to finding, verifying, and then combining vulnerabilities, doing more targeted fuzzing, and completing other, more important activities.

Key Features:

  • Automates manual pen testing tasks.
  • Supports NIST, PTES, and OWASP Testing Guide standards.
  • Supports APIs for viewing core functions and options and adding new features.
  • Web interface for larger pen testing projects.



OWASP Zed Attack Proxy, or OWASP ZAP, is an open source security tool that can find security holes and vulnerabilities in any web application, even those that are still under development and testing. Penetration testers will also love OWASP ZAP as they conduct manual pen tests. You can use OWASP Zed Attack Proxy as a proxy server, where it can be used to manipulate all traffic that passes through. You can also set it to run as a daemon.

Key Features:

  • Available in more than two dozen languages.
  • An active community that helps maintain and update the tool.
  • Detects vulnerabilities in web apps, even those under active development and testing.
  • Can be used as a proxy server or run as a daemon.

48. Retire.js


When you code with JavaScript, you could really save time and effort by using JavaScript libraries that you could use for your Node.js and web applications. The problem with this is that there are libraries that have known security holes and, when included as part of your application, they open your app up to attacks. The good news is that you can use Retire.js, a highly flexible tool, to check and see if you are using library versions that have a known vulnerability.

Key Features:

  • Detects known vulnerabilities in JavaScript libraries.
  • Run as a scanner or using the command line.
  • Also works as a grunt plugin.
  • Chrome and Firefox extensions.
  • Executable with OWASP ZAP plugin, BURP plugin, or as a gulp task.

49. RIPS


RIPS analyzes your PHP script's source code to look for security vulnerabilities. You can get statistics on each scan as well as the vulnerabilities detected. If you are not familiar with a security hole RIPS has reported to you, you can consult the vulnerability description. It also has audit-related features, such as file list and graph, user input list, and a source code viewer that also has highlighting. The source code analyzer works fast and can detect security holes, such as code execution, cross-site scripting, file disclosure, inclusion and manipulation, SQL injection, and LDAP injection, among others.

Key Features:

  • Checks for security vulnerabilities in PHP source code.
  • Reports include statistics and vulnerability descriptions.
  • File list and graph, user input list, and source code viewer with highlighting.

50. Snyk


Snyk is yet another tool that ensures your security even if you are using open source software. Rather than blindly use another person's code in your program, including the potential vulnerabilities and security holes, you can use Snyk to make sure the code is clean. Snyk offers a few advantages over other similar software, such as its use of the best databases that detail known vulnerabilities found in libraries. In addition, it is very easy to use and fixes security issues it finds. Snyk is available in different languages, including Node.js, Ruby, Golang, Scala, Java, .NET, Phyton, and PHP.

Key Features:

  • Evaluates open source code to eliminate vulnerabilities.
  • Uses the best databases with details on known vulnerabilities.
  • Fixes security issues in open source code.
  • Available in Node.js, Golang, Ruby, .NET, Java, Python, and PHP.

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