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Cyber Security/Hacker Operating Systems Part 2

This is the second part of the Cyber Security/Hacker Operating Systems blog post, featured on HotWiredITSolutions website. Below are the additional 4 operating systems that I discovered which evolve around cyber security and provide great resources to those in the security industry. For clarity and honesty, I have tested and played with some of these but not all of them. 

3. Black Arch https://blackarch.org/

Black Arch is a really good operating system for security professionals and has possibly the biggest list of tools out of all the security operating systems (over 2400), however it is not as friendly to use as most others. You need to be an advanced linux user because it does not come with a desktop environment like Kali or Parrot. .  

4. Back Box https://www.backbox.org/

Back box has been around a while, with a good history lasting almost a decade. With this in mind, it should be a reliable build, but it doesn’t have the wealth of tools that other security operating systems have. It’s hard to tell the exact number of tools, but wikipedia lists it as “over 70”.  

5. Arch Strike https://archstrike.org/

Listed as “An Arch Linux repository for security professionals and enthusiasts” on the website, this is about all you get to know, unless you install it. It is actively maintained with the last update being only one month ago. Worth trying? 

6. Network Security Toolkit https://www.networksecuritytoolkit.org

This is the oddest out of the security operating systems I found, and really peaked my curiosity but I’ve yet to have time to test it. The website looks like its from the 90s, or early 2000s but is actively maintained and has been going since 2003. This could be a great security system to play with. 

To summarize, this two part article has hopefully identified some new security systems that are not so mainstream but provide essential tool sets so we don’t all have to stick with Kali for the rest of our security lives. 


Part One can also be found here.