How Can The New Backtrack 5 Operating System Help Me Secure My IT Systems?

There are many different operating systems out there that have different specialties. When you are looking at an operating system like Windows or Os X they are what are known as a general purpose operating systems. They can be used by people for a number of different reasons. They can pretty much be converted, by the installation of software, to be whatever you need them to be. Most Linux distributions are the same way as well. With Linux you are able to install the normal desktop and use it as a general system. But Linux also gives you a little bit more flexibility than that. As an open source operating system, you can make your own custom Linux distributions. That is why you see so many different versions of Linux based operating systems out there. Each person or company who made their own special version of Linux did not like certain aspects of how the others were created. Creating your own distribution means that you are able to pick the software that comes installed, configure the internal settings that is inside of the kernel and more. That is why there are Linux distribution out there for people who want to make music, people who want to make art, people who are programmers, people who need a mobile solution and so many more.

The solution that I am going to talk about in this article is one that you need for security purposes. Yes, the Backtrack version of the Linux operating system is for people who are either in the security field or people who care about the security of their system. It comes with everything that you need to make sure that you can conduct a full audit of your systems. In this article I will take a closer look at the Backtrack operating system, especially the newest version 5. We will see how you can use it to help your system and network and also see what new features that version 5 has.

secure your IT systems with Backtrack 5

secure your IT systems with Backtrack 5

So what is Backtrack 5?

As I said earlier in the article, the Backtrack operating system is software that is designed to be an all in one security system. Any free or open source tool that you would need to do a security audit with is available already installed in the system. It is based on the Linux kernel and there are many default security software packages for you to use. Both black hat and white hackers would find this operating system very useful. If you are person who prefers network hacking then there are plenty of software packages that are pre-installed for you to use. The same if you are a person who likes to take software apart and see how it works. No matter what your interest is in the security world, you will find software in Backtrack 5 for you to use.

There are many features that will be available in Backtrack 5 that were not available in the previous releases of the backtrack operating system. The first new thing to talk about is that they are going to release the full source code of their version of the operating system. This means that you will be able to take the code and make any changes that you deem necessary for the operating system and compile your own version. Also they have taken out old tools that they no longer feel are necessary and replaced them with newer, better tools. Since most of the security tools that are released with the Backtrack operating system are either open source or free, sometimes they can get old and not keep up to standards. The tools are created by volunteers and if there is no one left to volunteer to make the tool better then it has to be replaced. Another big feature that has been added is now the operating system will be available in both 32 and 64 bit flavors. More and more computers these days are turning to 64 bit computing and now the operating system is meeting these needs. If you have a 64 bit laptop or desktop you will be able to take full advantage.

As you can see, there are a lot of good things coming to the new version of the Backtrack operating system. This operating system has been a staple in the security world for several years now and people have grown to rely on it a lot. If you have a network that you must secure it is a good idea to make sure that you have a copy of this operating system on hand. That way you will know that your security guys have all of the tools that they need to protect your network.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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