Security Control

Automatically and continuously validate the effectiveness of your prevention and detection controls.

Validate and Optimize Your Defenses to Ensure You Stay Threat Ready

Your organization’s security controls are fundamental to your defense against cyber threats. But in a rapidly evolving landscape, are you sure that they are providing the level of protection you need to safeguard your most critical assets? To minimize the risk of serious breaches and demonstrate assurance, testing the performance of your controls on a regular basis is now considered vital.

Picus Security Control Validation (SCV), powered by award-winning Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) technology, helps you to measure and strengthen cyber resilience by automatically and continuously testing the effectiveness of your security tools.

Why Security Control Validation?

Test your security controls 24/7.
Assess readiness against the latest threats.
Optimize prevention & detection capabilities.
Show the value of your investments.
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Operationalize MITRE ATT&CK.
Enhance SOC efficiency and effectiveness.

Reasons to Choose The Picus Platform to Validate Your Existing Controls

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Test your security controls against thousands of real-world threats, including malware, ransomware, vulnerability exploits, APTs, and more. The Picus Labs team leverages the latest threat intelligence and adds new simulations to the platform within hours of new risks being disclosed.
Picus SCV doesn’t just identify prevention and detection gaps. It also helps to address them by providing thousands of mitigation recommendations, including vendor-specific prevention signatures and detection rules, to optimize controls swiftly and effectively.

With Picus SCV's Threat Builder, test your security controls against custom-created threats. This powerful feature enables security professionals without red teaming expertise to chain together attack actions and upload custom payloads.

To help visualize threat coverage and visibility, Picus SCV automatically maps simulation results against The MITRE ATT&CK Framework. Quickly identify gaps and prioritize the mitigation of techniques that pose the greatest risk.

Quickly gauge your organization’s threat readiness and measure performance trends over time. Picus SCV includes automated reports and custom dashboards that enable you to stay on top of your security posture and keep stakeholders across your business informed.

Compare your security scores with industry peers, regional counterparts, and other Picus users. Gain insights into the most simulated threats, threat templates, and popular ATT&CK tactics within your region, industry, and Picus community. This allows you to better understand the prevalent threats and helps you prioritize your security efforts accordingly.

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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.

Individually Licensable Attack Modules 

Tests your controls against a regularly maintained attack library, comprising thousands of real-world threats and attack actions.

  • Network Infiltration
    Validate that malware and ransomware, downloaded via client-side attacks, is prevented and detected.
  • Email Attacks
    Test the effectiveness of your controls to block malicious links and attachments.
  • Web Application Attacks
    Gauge if your defenses are capable of blocking code injection, denial of service and brute force attacks.
  • Endpoint Attacks
    Validate that scenario attacks by threat groups, including APTs, are identified by endpoint security controls.
  • Data Exfiltration Attacks
    Assess whether your defenses can prevent the exfiltration of sensitive personal and financial information.

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

Security control validation is a term used in cyber security to describe the testing of security controls. Security control validation enables security teams to understand whether the tools they use to prevent and detect threats are functioning as expected. With this knowledge, they can take action to address any gaps and achieve the best possible protection and value from investments.

Security control validation is essential because it helps security teams to identify policy weaknesses that could enable attacks to go unprevented and undetected. Security control validation ensures that defenses are optimized against evolving threats and that misconfigurations resulting from infrastructure drift are addressed before breaches occur.

Security control validation should be performed on a regular basis to ensure that prevention and detection gaps are identified and addressed swiftly. Automated security validation with Breach and Attack Simulation augments manual approaches such as pentesting to enable security teams to identify policy weaknesses continuously.

By continuously testing and helping to improve the effectiveness of security controls, Picus Security Control Validation Platform helps organizations to comply with a wide range of regulations and standards. 

Laws such as The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) state that organizations should have a process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organizational measures. ISO-27001 and the PCI DSS, as well as frameworks such as NIST 800-53, also have similar requirements.