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Attack Path Validation

Stop attackers in their tracks by eliminating routes to critical users and assets.



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

Picus APV identifies the shortest route attackers could take to obtain domain admin privileges and simulates real-world adversary actions to validate that they are actual attack paths that can be exploited, not ones that exist in theory.


Provides a Broad View of High-risk Attack Paths

Unlike manual red teaming exercises, which are conducted from a single initial access point, Picus APV provides a broader perspective by enabling you to run simulations from any host machine in your network and obtain results in hours, not weeks.


Helps Prioritize Vulnerabilities

Identify entities on your network where multiple attack paths converge and prioritize mitigating vulnerabilities and misconfigurations at these ‘choke points’ to achieve the best security impact for the least effort.


Hardens Active Directory Security

Mitigate weaknesses that could enable an attacker to compromise a Domain Administrator and gain control of all users, systems and data in your environment.


Automates Manual Red Teaming

Automate offensive security testing to save time and money and to ensure that manual engagements deliver better outcomes by discovering unknown vulnerabilities.


Tests Security Control Effectiveness

Use Picus APV to gauge whether your organization’s endpoint security is configured to prevent and detect lateral movement and other evasive techniques used by adversaries.

Reasons to choose The Picus Platform for Attack Path Validation

Automated Attack Path Mapping
Visualize high-risk attack paths to understand how attackers could compromise servers, workstations and users to achieve their ultimate objective - obtaining domain admin privileges.
Validation, Not Just Discovery
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.
Intelligent Adversary Decision Engine
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.
Mitigation Suggestions
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.
Customizable Assessments
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.
Fully Agentless Deployment
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.

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.

Simulates Real-World Adversary Actions to Validate Attack Paths

Picus Attack Path Validation simulates a wide range of actions to discover paths and validate that they pose a genuine risk. Tailor assessments to your requirements by setting the actions an assessment can perform.

Credential Harvesting

Credential Harvesting

Password Cracking

Password Cracking

Data Gathering

Data Gathering

Lateral Movement

Lateral Movement



Privilege Escalation

Privilege Escalation





Vulnerability Exploitation

Vulnerability Exploitation




Looking to Validate and Maximize Your Cyber Defenses?

Let’s link up! Our experts will be more than happy to help. We look forward to getting to know your organization, your priority challenges, pressing questions about breach and attack simulation, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Attack Path?


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.

What is Attack Path Management?


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.

What are the Benefits of Attack Path Mapping Tools?


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.

What Types of Vulnerabilities Could an Attacker Exploit Inside a Network? 


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

Can Picus Attack Path Validation Simulate Lateral Movement? 


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.

How does Picus APV Compare to Manual Red Teaming Engagements? 


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.