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We want to perform a security check of our Web servers architecture from the outside (Internet external access).

I'm looking for either

  • a company providing such a service, please provide recommendations
  • a tool that could perform exhaustive checks, without affecting the well-running of the platform

This is something we want to do on a regular basis (every 6 months).
That service or tool should be able to perform hacker-like attacks (but no DOS) in order to ensure we are not vulnerable to known hacking methods (or system not patched etc...).

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Nessus or netsparker come to mind if you want to run them yourself. Nessus is the one that most of the Visa CISP compliance companies run.

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Thanks. Had a look at Nessus home page. It requires a 1,200$ yearly subscription. If anyone has a preference please post it. –  ring0 Oct 8 '10 at 5:06
OpenVAS is a free alternative to Nessus. –  halp Oct 8 '10 at 7:27
Thanks for the tip. –  ring0 Oct 8 '10 at 10:49

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