Attack Path Validation

Stop attackers in their tracks by eliminating routes to critical users and assets.
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Visualize and Remediate High-risk Attack Paths In Your Internal Network

With cyber security breaches now an operational reality, it’s essential to plan for the worst. Key to an assumed breach mindset is understanding how sophisticated adversaries could accomplish their objectives by exploiting vulnerabilities and misconfigurations inside your network.

Picus Attack Path Validation (APV) automatically discovers and visualizes the steps an evasive attacker could take to compromise servers, workstations, and users. Powered by Picus’ Intelligent Adversary Decision Engine, this powerful tool simulates real-world adversary actions to identify high-risk attack paths and supplies actionable insights to remediate them.

Why Attack Path Validation?

Reveals and validates paths to critical assets.
Provides a broad view of high-risk attack paths.
Helps prioritize vulnerabilities.
Hardens active directory security.
Automates manual red teaming.
Tests security control effectiveness.

Reasons to Choose the Picus Platform for Attack Path Validation

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Visualize high-risk attack paths to understand how attackers could compromise servers, workstations and users to achieve their ultimate objective - obtaining domain admin privileges.

To verify attack paths pose an actual rather than a theoretical risk, Picus APV validates them by simulating 30+ actions such as credential harvesting, password cracking, and lateral movement.

APV is powered by an intelligent decision engine that replicates the approach of real attackers. It determines how the assessment objective can be achieved in the most efficient and evasive way possible.

So you can harden your network security and eliminate attack paths, APV supplies helpful insights to mitigate the impact of any actions it is able to perform during an assessment.

Tailor simulations to your requirements by defining a scope and by selecting the type of harvesting and access actions that can be leveraged by the product's decision engine to achieve an objective.

With no agents to install and configure in your environment, it’s easy to get started with Picus APV. After scoping an assessment, all you need to do is execute a binary on an initial access point.

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Harden The Security of Your Active Directory

Continuous assessment of Active Directory security is vital since an attacker that has gained domain admin privileges can access all of an organization’s systems, users and data.

By identifying and helping to eliminate the shortest attack paths to an AD, Picus Attack Path Validation strengthens network security and helps to mitigate the risk of breaches becoming major business-impacting incidents.

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Address Challenges with Security Validation

See and prioritize exposures across your security operations.

Breach and Attack

Simulate attacks to measure and optimize security controls.

Pen Testing

Stay on top of exposures while alleviating manual testing requirements.


Improve decision making with a holistic view of your security posture.

Validate Effectiveness Across Your Security Program


Attack Surface

Enhance visibility of internal and external cyber assets and the security risks they pose.


Cloud Security

Identify cloud misconfigurations and overly permissive identity and access management policies.


Security Control

Measure and optimize the effectiveness of security controls with consistent and accurate attack simulations.


Attack Path

Eliminate high-risk attack paths that attackers could exploit to compromise users and assets.


Detection Rule

Optimize detection efficacy by identifying performance issues affecting SIEM detection rules.
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Frequently Asked Questions

An attack path is a route an attacker, that breached a network, could take to achieve an objective. Due to the size of IT environments and the rate at which they grow, most organizations have thousands of potential attack paths. Left undiscovered and unmanaged, high-risk attack paths could enable attackers to compromise critical users and assets quickly and easily.

Attack Path Management is a term used in cyber security to describe the discovery, visualization and elimination of attack paths. By remediating vulnerabilities and addressing misconfigurations inside a network, security teams are able to reduce the number of available paths to critical assets as well as increase the effort required by attackers to reach them.

By automatically discovering and visualizing attack paths inside a network, attack path mapping tools help security teams to understand how attackers could compromise critical users and assets. In doing so, attack path mapping tools reveal vulnerabilities and misconfigurations and provide insights to remediate them.

Examples of common exposures that attackers can exploit once inside a network include excessive user privileges, inadequate network partitioning and unpatched vulnerabilities in systems.

Yes. In order to aid the successful completion of an objective, Picus APV can simulate lateral movement actions. Lateral movement actions that can be simulated include pass-the-hash and pass-the-ticket.

Like red teaming exercises, Picus Attack Path Validation is designed to achieve a certain objective. However, whereas manual red team assessments can take months to perform and deliver results, Picus APV can provide insights in minutes.

By automating attack path mapping, Picus APV enables security teams to run simulations from multiple initial access points quickly and easily. The result is a more holistic view and greater insights to help prioritize the remediation of vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.