Category Archives: Computer Security Qualifications

Software Security Tools Inventory List

Organising, testing and keeping your tools updated. This is especially important if you collect any digital evidence which might be used in a civil or criminal process.

Currently I am taking the SANS Self Study course SANS 504 Hackers, Exploits and Techniques. The topic of tools came up on Day 1 with a focus on the following:

  1. Organise your tools before an incident occurs
  2. Test your tools
  3. Keep your tools updated
  4. Ensure tool integrity with Hash Codes

It got me thinking about organising my own toolset much more formally. I didn’t readily find templates on-line so I created my own and began working on my toolset. It might sound a little boring or digital based OCD but I think it will be highly useful nonetheless. Besides, I am tired of switching from one system to the next forgetting to copy something and loosing access to some tool or trying to open a tool when I really need it only to find it doesn’t work.

I went through my tools and organised my them into one location which is backed-up and performed the following steps:

  1. Checked the versions in my toolset against the most current version and updated as applicable
  2. Recorded via hyperlink the website locations and/or download location
  3. Verified the hash codes from the vendor if applicable or made my own if trusted
  4. Verified the tool worked
  5. Recorded the date added into the toolset (after verifying the tool worked)
  6. Recorded the tool release date


Example Security Software Tools List

 I have uploaded a two-page tools list which lists some of the tools I personally use:

Chris’s Example Tool List

I also uploaded a completely blank Security Software Tools List template which you can download and customise for you or your organisation:

Blank Security Software Tool Inventory List Template


 Please feel free to post any comments, questions or ideas!