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Most Important Cyber Incident Response Tools List for Penetration Testers


Cyber Incident Response Tools are more often used by security industries to test the vulnerabilities and provide an emergency incident response to compromised network and applications and helps to take the appropriate mitigation steps.

Here you can find the Comprehensive Cyber Incident Response Tools list that covers to use in various types of incident response phases at all the Environment to handing the incidents by Penetration Testers and  security Analyst.


All in one Incident Response Tools

  • Belkasoft Evidence Center – The toolkit will quickly extract digital evidence from multiple sources by analyzing hard drives, drive images, memory dumps, iOS, Blackberry and Android backups, UFED, JTAG and chip-off dumps

  • CimSweep – CimSweep is a suite of CIM/WMI-based tools that enable the ability to perform incident response and hunting operations remotely across all versions of Windows

  • CIRTkit – CIRTKit is not just a collection of tools, but also a framework to aid in the ongoing unification of Incident Response and Forensics investigation processes

  • Cyber Triage – Cyber Triage remotely collects and analyzes endpoint data to help determine if it is compromised. It’s agentless approach and focuses on ease of use and automation allows companies to respond without major infrastructure changes and without a team of forensics experts. Its results are used to decide if the system should be erased or investigated further.

  • Digital Forensics Framework – DFF is an Open Source computer forensics platform built on top of a dedicated Application Programming Interface (API). DFF proposes an alternative to the aging digital forensics solutions used today. Designed for simple use and automation, the DFF interface guides the user through the main steps of a digital investigation so it can be used by both professional and non-expert to quickly and easily conduct a digital investigations and perform incident response

  • Doorman – Doorman is an osquery fleet manager that allows remote management of osquery configurations retrieved by nodes. It takes advantage of osquery’s TLS configuration, logger, and distributed read/write endpoints, to give administrators visibility across a fleet of devices with minimal overhead and intrusiveness

  • Envdb – Envdb turns your production, dev, cloud, etc environments into a database cluster you can search using osquery as the foundation. It wraps the osquery process with a (cluster) node agent that can communicate back to a central location

  • Falcon Orchestrator – Falcon Orchestrator by CrowdStrike is an extendable Windows-based application that provides workflow automation, case management and security response functionality.

  • GRR Rapid Response – GRR Rapid Response is an incident response framework focused on remote live forensics. It consists of a python agent (client) that is installed on target systems, and a python server infrastructure that can manage and talk to the agent

  • Kolide Fleet – Kolide Fleet is a state of the art host monitoring platform tailored for security experts. Leveraging Facebook’s battle-tested osquery project, Kolide delivers fast answers to big questions.

  • Limacharlie – an endpoint security platform. It is itself a collection of small projects all working together, and gives you a cross-platform (Windows, OSX, Linux, Android and iOS) low-level environment allowing you to manage and push additional modules into memory to extend its functionality

  • MIG – Mozilla Investigator (MIG) is a platform to perform investigative surgery on remote endpoints. It enables investigators to obtain information from large numbers of systems in parallel, thus accelerating investigation of incidents and day-to-day operations security

  • MozDef – The Mozilla Defense Platform (MozDef) seeks to automate the security incident handling process and facilitate the real-time activities of incident handlers

  • nightHawk – the nightHawk Response Platform is an application built for asynchronus forensic data presentation using ElasticSearch as the backend. It’s designed to ingest Redline collections.

  • Open Computer Forensics Architecture – Open Computer Forensics Architecture (OCFA) is another popular distributed open-source computer forensics framework. This framework was built on Linux platform and uses postgreSQL database for storing data

  • Osquery – with osquery you can easily ask questions about your Linux and OSX infrastructure. Whether your goal is intrusion detection, infrastructure reliability, or compliance, osquery gives you the ability to empower and inform a broad set of organizations within your company. Queries in the incident-response pack help you detect and respond to breaches

  • Redline – provides host investigative capabilities to users to find signs of malicious activity through memory and file analysis, and the development of a threat assessment profile

  • The Sleuth Kit & Autopsy – The Sleuth Kit is a Unix and Windows based tool which helps in forensic analysis of computers. It comes with various tools which helps in digital forensics. These tools help in analyzing disk images, performing in-depth analysis of file systems, and various other things

  • TheHive – TheHive is a scalable 3-in-1 open source and free solution designed to make life easier for SOCs, CSIRTs, CERTs and any information security practitioner dealing with security incidents that need to be investigated and acted upon swiftly.

  • X-Ways Forensics – X-Ways is a forensics tool for Disk cloning and imaging. It can be used to find deleted files and disk analysis

  • Zentral – combines osquery’s powerful endpoint inventory features with a flexible notification and action framework. This enables one to identify and react to changes on OS X and Linux clients.

Disk Image Creation Tools

  • AccessData FTK Imager – AccessData FTK Imager is a forensics tool whose main purpose is to preview recoverable data from a disk of any kind. FTK Imager can also acquire live memory and paging file on 32bit and 64bit systems

  • Bitscout – Bitscout by Vitaly Kamluk helps you build your fully-trusted customizable LiveCD/LiveUSB image to be used for remote digital forensics (or perhaps any other task of your choice). It is meant to be transparent and monitorable by the owner of the system, forensically sound, customizable and compact.

  • GetData Forensic Imager – GetData Forensic Imager is a Windows based program that will acquire, convert, or verify a forensic image in one of the following common forensic file formats

  • Guymager – Guymager is a free forensic imager for media acquisition on Linux

  • Magnet ACQUIRE – ACQUIRE by Magnet Forensics allows various types of disk acquisitions to be performed on Windows, Linux, and OS X as well as mobile operating systems.

Evidence Collection


  • bulk_extractor – bulk_extractor is a computer forensics tool that scans a disk image, a file, or a directory of files and extracts useful information without parsing the file system or file system structures. Because of ignoring the file system structure, the program distinguishes itself in terms of speed and thoroughness

  • Cold Disk Quick Response – uses a streamlined list of parsers to quickly analyze a forenisic image file (dd, E01, .vmdk, etc) and output nine reports

  • ir-rescue – ir-rescue is a Windows Batch script and a Unix Bash script to comprehensively collect host forensic data during incident response.

  • Live Response Collection – The Live Response collection by BriMor Labs is an automated tool that collects volatile data from Windows, OSX, and *nix based operating systems

Incident Management


  • Cyphon – Cyphon eliminates the headaches of incident management by streamlining a multitude of related tasks through a single platform. It receives, processes and triages events to provide an all-encompassing solution for your analytic workflow — aggregating data, bundling and prioritizing alerts, and empowering analysts to investigate and document incidents.

  • Demisto – Demisto community edition(free) offers full Incident lifecycle management, Incident Closure Reports, team assignments and collaboration, and many integrations to enhance automations (like Active Directory, PagerDuty, Jira and much more…)

  • FIR – Fast Incident Response (FIR) is an cybersecurity incident management platform designed with agility and speed in mind. It allows for easy creation, tracking, and reporting of cybersecurity incidents and is useful for CSIRTs, CERTs and SOCs alike

  • RTIR – Request Tracker for Incident Response (RTIR) is the premier open source incident handling system targeted for computer security teams. We worked with over a dozen CERT and CSIRT teams around the world to help you handle the ever-increasing volume of incident reports. RTIR builds on all the features of Request Tracker

  • SCOT – Sandia Cyber Omni Tracker (SCOT) is an Incident Response collaboration and knowledge capture tool focused on flexibility and ease of use. Our goal is to add value to the incident response process without burdening the user

  • threat_note – A lightweight investigation notebook that allows security researchers the ability to register and retrieve indicators related to their research.

Log Analysis Tools

  • Lorg - A tool for advanced HTTPD logfile security analysis and forensics.

Memory Analysis Tools


  • Evolve – Web interface for the Volatility Memory Forensics Framework

  • inVtero.net – Advanced memory analysis for Windows x64 with nested hypervisor support

  • KnTList – Computer memory analysis tools

  • LiME – LiME (formerly DMD) is a Loadable Kernel Module (LKM), which allows the acquisition of volatile memory from Linux and Linux-based devices

  • Memoryze – Memoryze by Mandiant is a free memory forensic software that helps incident responders find evil in live memory. Memoryze can acquire and/or analyze memory images, and on live systems, can include the paging file in its analysis

  • Memoryze for Mac – Memoryze for Mac is Memoryze but then for Macs. A lower number of features, however

  • Rekall – Open source tool (and library) for the extraction of digital artifacts from volatile memory (RAM) samples

  • Responder PRO – Responder PRO is the industry standard physical memory and automated malware analysis solution

  • Volatility – An advanced memory forensics framework

  • VolatilityBot – VolatilityBot is an automation tool for researchers cuts all the guesswork and manual tasks out of the binary extraction phase, or to help the investigator in the first steps of performing a memory analysis investigation

  • VolDiff – Malware Memory Footprint Analysis based on Volatility

  • WindowsSCOPE – another memory forensics and reverse engineering tool used for analyzing volatile memory. It is basically used for reverse engineering of malwares. It provides the capability of analyzing the Windows kernel, drivers, DLLs, virtual and physical memory

Memory Imaging Tools

  • Belkasoft Live RAM Capturer – A tiny free forensic tool to reliably extract the entire content of the computer’s volatile memory – even if protected by an active anti-debugging or anti-dumping system

  • Linux Memory Grabber – A script for dumping Linux memory and creating Volatility profiles.

  • Magnet RAM Capture – Magnet RAM Capture is a free imaging tool designed to capture the physical memory of a suspect’s computer. Supports recent versions of Windows

  • OSForensics – OSForensics can acquire live memory on 32bit and 64bit systems. A dump of an individual process’s memory space or physical memory dump can be done.

Other Tools

  • Cortex – Cortex allows you to analyze observables such as IP and email addresses, URLs, domain names, files or hashes one by one or in bulk mode using a Web interface. Analysts can also automate these operations using its REST API.

  • Crits – a web-based tool which combines an analytic engine with a cyber threat database

  • domfinddomfind is a Python DNS crawler for finding identical domain names under different TLDs.

  • DumpsterFire – The DumpsterFire Toolset is a modular, menu-driven, cross-platform tool for building repeatable, time-delayed, distributed security events. Easily create custom event chains for Blue Team drills and sensor / alert mapping. Red Teams can create decoy incidents, distractions, and lures to support and scale their operations.

  • Fenrir – Fenrir is a simple IOC scanner. It allows scanning any Linux/Unix/OSX system for IOCs in plain bash. Created by the creators of THOR and LOKI

  • Fileintel – Pull intelligence per file hash

  • HELK – Threat Hunting platform

  • Hindsight – Internet history forensics for Google Chrome/Chromium

  • Hostintel – Pull intelligence per host

  • imagemounter – Command line utility and Python package to ease the (un)mounting of forensic disk images

  • Kansa – Kansa is a modular incident response framework in Powershell

  • rastrea2r – allows one to scan disks and memory for IOCs using YARA on Windows, Linux and OS X

  • RaQet – RaQet is an unconventional remote acquisition and triaging tool that allows triage a disk of a remote computer (client) that is restarted with a purposely built forensic operating system

  • Stalk – Collect forensic data about MySQL when problems occur

  • SearchGiant – a commandline utility to acquire forensic data from cloud services

  • Stenographer – Stenographer is a packet capture solution which aims to quickly spool all packets to disk, then provide simple, fast access to subsets of those packets. It stores as much history as it possible, managing disk usage, and deleting when disk limits are hit. It’s ideal for capturing the traffic just before and during an incident, without the need explicit need to store all of the network traffic

  • sqhunter – a threat hunter based on osquery and Salt Open (SaltStack) that can issue ad-hoc or distributed queries without the need for osquery’s tls plugin. sqhunter allows you to query open network sockets and check them against threat intelligence sources.

  • traceroute-circl – traceroute-circl is an extended traceroute to support the activities of CSIRT (or CERT) operators. Usually CSIRT team have to handle incidents based on IP addresses received. Created by Computer Emergency Responce Center Luxembourg

  • X-Ray 2.0 – A Windows utility (poorly maintained or no longer maintained) to submit virus samples to AV vendors

Process Dump Tools

  • Microsoft User Mode Process Dumper – The User Mode Process Dumper (userdump) dumps any running Win32 processes memory image on the fly

  • PMDump – PMDump is a tool that lets you dump the memory contents of a process to a file without stopping the process

Sandboxing/reversing tools

  • Cuckoo – Open Source Highly configurable sandboxing tool

  • Cuckoo-modified – Heavily modified Cuckoo fork developed by community

  • Cuckoo-modified-api – A Python library to control a cuckoo-modified sandbox

  • Hybrid-Analysis – Hybrid-Analysis is a free powerful online sandbox by Payload Security

  • Malwr – Malwr is a free online malware analysis service and community, which is powered by the Cuckoo Sandbox

  • Mastiff – MASTIFF is a static analysis framework that automates the process of extracting key characteristics from a number of different file formats

  • Metadefender Cloud – Metadefender is a free threat intelligence platform providing multiscanning, data sanitization and vulnerability assesment of files

  • Viper – Viper is a python based binary analysis and management framework, that works well with Cuckoo and YARA

  • Virustotal – Virustotal, a subsidiary of Google, is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners

  • Visualize_Logs – Open source visualization library and command line tools for logs. (Cuckoo, Procmon, more to come…)

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