In this unit, we begin to discuss some security tools, such as password crackers, disassemblers, packet sniffers, etc. We will discuss many of these tools in the next section of the course, which covers networks. You will also use these tools much more extensively in your ethical hacking and penetration testing courses.
In this discussion, consider the use of these tools on your own networks. Should IT professionals in an organization be using these tools? What would be your feelings if your IT group was considering the banning of these tools on their network, with disciplinary ramifications? Is this a good idea, or are there good reasons for IT professionals to have these tools? What about non-IT employees?