RLudwig270at July 22,2017 It's interesting to see so many of these *nix operating systems that have been customized for specific technical analysis purposes. You've got BackTrack/Kali for penetration testing, SecurityOnion for network security monitoring... I'm curious if there will be one that comes out for forensics (if there isn't already one). Having played around with both of these OSes before, I think it's amazing how much productivity you can achieve when the OS structure is customized for your specific goal - beyond simply breaking applications down into a more-intuitive structure, the "synergy" (for lack of a better word) that you get between programs from a shared platform can considerably speed up tasks.
Kassandissat July 24,2017 Backtrack sounds very interesting. This sounds like something that every forensic or security analyst would benefit from having. It all seemed easy to understand, easily explained, and it had a wide variety of great tools. I can’t remember if I’ve heard of Maltego before, though I have heard of nmap, but both of those seemed to really give a lot of info (especially with Maltego being able to find stuff on the internet that you may not have even been looking for but could potentially be extremely helpful). They all seemed to work together very well too. I can imagine that once a person has become familiar with everything Backtrack has to offer and all the various tools at its disposal, they can probably accomplish quite a bit. I kind of wish he went a bit more in depth with Backtrack or covered a bit more, but it was still good nonetheless.
Thelyat July 24,2017 Backtrack seems like a useful and helpful tool, and was presented in a way that would be easy to follow for people who wanted to use the software. It looks like it has a lot of different tools for a variety of purposes, lots more than the few that were covered in this video. For example, using Maltego to search something like a domain, or the relationship between two things. If you were only able to get a little bit of information from something, and needed more to further an investigation or analysis, it would be a good tool to better search potential links or find more in depth information about other things. It would probably take a while to learn about all the different options and such to be able to fully use this tool, but it would be helpful.
jonathant1at July 28,2017 Backtrack (now Kali) is a great open source tool for penetration testing. It was also good to see how the presenter used Maltego to get information about the network and show weaknesses for the specific target.
cmasseyat July 29,2017 Backtrack, now Kali, is the definitive all-in-one penetration and analysis package. I would definitely recommend it as a the starting place for someone with an interest in getting more "computer savvy", it's where I spent a lot of time in middle-school being my "daily-driver". I would read about all of these commonly used tools in the "community" and then stumbling upon Backtrack was like heaven, "I recognize that!, I know what that tool is!".