Take Advantage of Open SourceNetworking Solutions
Every business needs networking tools, but notall businesses can afford them. If you’re budgetstrapped, try turning to these high-scoring opensource solutions.
Router SoftwareVyatta is leading the way with tools comparable topopular Cisco systems. Enterprise customers withrouter software from Vyatta benefit from freeresources, includingcommercial support,appliances and subscription-based products. The softwarerequires a Linux operatingsystem.
Also requiring a Linux operating system,FREESCO scores highly too when it comes toreplacing standard Cisco routers. FREESCOallows users to set up an Ethernet bridge/router;a dial-up/leased-line router; or an http, dns, ftp,ssh or print server.
SecurityNow that your network is set up,you want to make sure it’snot vulnerable to penetration.BackTrack, Metasploit andNmap are all good choicesfor vulnerability testing.Advanced users or largercorporations should opt forBackTrack, which has beenrated as the “most widelyadopted penetration testingframework in existence.” DIYtypes will fare better with Metasploit,while Nmap will work acrossWindows, Linux andOS X.
Keep in mind that most security breaches comefrom faulty web sourcing, often mistakenlytriggered by web browsing. If you just need webfilters, check out DansGuardian, which workswith Linux and OS X.
PasswordsWith all the programs and apps available thesedays, you’re likely to lose a password or two,especially if you have many employees.Password-cracker Ophcrack works for networkadmin needs and is a useful tool to have in yourcompany’s IT toolbox.