Complete 5 pages APA formatted article: Securing Exploits and Vulnerabilities: Ethical Hacking. Skilled penetration testers with capabilities to simulate attacks on the network and unearth security issues are hard to come by in an organization. For the few such as IT professionals and security experts, much of their tasks is spent on repetitive tasks and script customization, consequently taking little time to address the core problem of identifying security issues and advising accordingly (Maynor, 2008). Metasploit Pro is an advanced penetration analyzer that aid testers in conducting security assessments by leveraging discovery, exploitation, brute-forcing, and reporting tools. The end result is the development of an advanced evasion and post-exploitation technique as well as better management of vast amounts of data sourced from the assessments. The software is easy to use even for security professionals new to penetrating testing procedures. Penetration testing conducted using this tool is not only efficient but also fast and is proven to increase productivity by 45%.
Second, the tool is used to validate vulnerabilities and exploits in order to define an effective remediation strategy. Most vulnerability scanners can determine installed applications and their vulnerabilities but lack the intelligence to determine the exact risk to the organization’s network (Ari Takanen, 2008). This is .challenging because security experts would not know which vulnerability to remedy first. Metasploit Pro closes the gap in vulnerability testing by presenting the risk in an objective way and through collaboration with Nexpose – a vulnerability management solution with the capability to tell the “who, what and where” of the risk, remediation programs can be prioritized (Rapid7, 2014). .