German agency offers open-source security tool

Germany’s Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) has developed a free, open-source based tool that allows public and private sector organizations and companies to test the security of their networked systems, the agency announced Friday.

The tool, BSI Open Source Security Suite (Boss), is based on a remote security scanner system developed by the Nessus Open Source Vulnerability Scanner Project. Nessus software includes more than 7,000 plug-ins to test the security of all relevant networking products, according to BSI. The software’s user interface has been modified to make the application easier to use, the agency said.

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