Chapter 10

Tool Myths and Misconceptions

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Henry David Thoreau

Tools are where the cybersecurity rubber meets the road. Humans are useless in performing meaningful cybersecurity with our minds and bodies alone. Our best ideas must be implemented and put into practice. The word tool is an abstract catch-all for software, algorithms, services, and various methods for performing a task or achieving a goal. Some military environments use the word “capability” as a similar concept for the ability to achieve a desired objective. Both cover a wide spectrum, from vim and grep to Wireshark to spam-detecting machine learning models to ElasticSearch to VirusTotal. For the sake of discussion in this chapter, we will ...

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