NetSPI’s Latest Open-Source Tools Confront Information Security Issues

NetSPI, an enterprise penetration testing and attack surface management company, is releasing two new open-source tools for identity and access management (IAM) and security operations center (SOC) groups. These tools, PowerHuntShares and PowerHunt, will aid information security teams discover vulnerable network shares and improve detections overall.

PowerHuntShares aims to elevate the pains of data exposure, privilege escalation, and ransomware attacks in company systems caused by excessive privileges. The tool inventories, analyzes, and reports excessive share permissions associated with their respective SMB shares  on Active Directory domain joined computers.

PowerHunt is a modular threat hunting framework that locates risks across target environments, as well as identifies target-specific anomalies and outliers. This detection is based on artifacts from prevalent MITRE ATT&CK techniques, whose collection is automated using PowerShell remoting and perform initial analysis. PowerHunt also produces easy to consume .csv files for increased triage and analysis, among other tools and processes.

“I’m proud to work for an organization that understands the importance of open-source tool development and encourages innovation through collaboration,” said Scott Sutherland, senior director at NetSPI. “I urge the security community to check out and contribute to these tools so we can better understand our SMB share attack surfaces and improve strategies for remediation, together.”

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