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Hack I.T.: Security Through Penetration Testing by Ajay Gupta, Scott Laliberte, T. J. Klevinsky

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Chapter 11. Automated Vulnerability Scanners

Many people are familiar with a number of the automated vulnerability scanners available in the industry. While these scanners are useful in security testing, they are often misused by organizations. We usually find that organizations either rely too heavily on automated scanners, thinking they are the end all and be all of testing, or do not use automated scanners at all. Vulnerability scanners are a useful tool in testing, but they are only one part of the test. Effective security testing includes the use of automated scanners but also includes all the other phases we describe in this book.

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Vulnerability scanners are automated tools designed to scan hosts and networks for known vulnerabilities ...

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