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Optimize your cloud security posture with automated cloud assessment and attack simulation


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Identify Cloud Security Issues Before They Lead To Critical Incidents

 Picus Cloud Security Validation for AWS alleviates the strain of cloud security posture management by identifying common cloud misconfigurations that can put your assets at risk. For additional validation, it also simulates real-world, cloud-specific attack scenarios to help gauge the effectiveness of controls and the impact of poorly configured IAM privileges and policies.


Through 2023, at least 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault, mainly in the form of cloud resource misconfiguration.

How Picus Strengthens Your Cloud Security

Due to the rapid pace of digital transformation, the complexity of cloud environments, and human error, critical cloud security gaps can arise daily. Picus Cloud Security Validation for AWS helps you to quickly identify and address cloud security exposures in order to achieve a proactive approach to cloud security posture management (CSPM).


Audit essential AWS services

Scanning fourteen core AWS services, Picus Cloud Security Validation identifies critical misconfigurations such as excessive privileges, exposed S3 buckets, unused resources, cryptographic failures, and more.


Uncover privilege escalation scenarios

In the event attackers are able to access your AWS environment, they will likely attempt to access critical systems by escalating privileges. To identify overly permissive IAM policies, Picus CSV gathers AWS resources and simulates attacks in a Local Policy Simulator.


Simulate cloud-specific attacks

To validate the impact of any privilege escalation scenarios identified, Picus CSV provides the option to simulate attacks directly in your AWS environment.

Get the Insights You Need To Address Cloud Security Risks Proactively


Identify critical cloud misconfigurations


Misconfigurations can leave your data and assets exposed to attackers. Picus Cloud Security Validation audits key AWS services to identify and help address issues such as insecure access management, open S3 buckets and cryptographic failures. To aid risk prioritization, all risks identified are rated by criticality.

Schedule regular cloud security audits to automate cloud security posture management and respond to risks sooner.

Prevent privilege escalation


Should attackers successfully infiltrate your AWS environment, their next move will likely be to attempt to gain access to critical data and services. Picus Cloud Security Validation minimizes the risks of attackers gaining the permissions they need to achieve their objectives by gathering and analyzing AWS resources in a local policy simulator to identify misconfigured IAM privileges and policies.

As an optional final step, Cloud Attack Validation simulates cloud-specific attack scenarios to assess the potential impact of IAM misconfigurations in your environment.

Address gaps with actionable insights

With Picus Cloud Security Validation get actionable recommendations to address cloud misconfigurations swiftly and effectively.

Track improvements to your cloud security posture via built-in dashboards and share the results of cloud assessments via PDF reports.

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Supported AWS services

With Picus Cloud Security Validation, enhance the security of core AWS networking, database, identity and container services.


  Storage and Data




  Elastic Block Store (EBS)

  AWS Route 53


  Management and Governance

  AWS DynamoDB

  AWS CloudTrail

  Security and Identity



  Elasticsearch Service




  Elastic Container Service (ECS)


  Elastic Container Registry (ECR)


  Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)




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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Cloud Security Important?


In today's digital world, organizations are rapidly adopting cloud technology to operate more efficiently and effectively. However, with this trend comes a new set of security challenges. Simple misconfigurations or excessive privileges can easily go unseen, opening doors for attackers to exploit.  In contrast to on-premises environments, there are often no security controls in place in cloud environments to protect wrongly configured resources from being exploited. This is why it’s running regular cloud security assessments to identify and mitigate gaps is important.

How Regularly Should Cloud Security be Assessed?


Constant changes within cloud environments and the frequent discovery of new attack techniques mean that organizations’ cloud security postures can change regularly. Scheduling cloud security audits and cloud attack simulations on at least a weekly basis will help you to identify and address issues before they lead to serious security incidents.

Are Cloud Attack Simulations Safe to Perform in my AWS Environment?


To ensure that attack scenarios are safe to perform in your AWS environment, Picus Cloud Security Validation identifies whether all potential changes made during a simulation can be rewound. If changes can’t be rewound then no option to simulate attacks in the environment will be offered. In this scenario, users should rely on the results of testing performed in the product’s local policy simulator.

Does Cloud Security Validation Support Azure and Google Cloud Platform?


Support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform is planned and expected to be available in late 2023. Please enquire to learn more.

Does Cloud Security Validation Support Containerized Environments?


Yes. Cloud Security Validation performs 19 individual checks to audit the security of AWS Container Services, including Elastic Container Service (ECS), Elastic Container Registry (ECR) and Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Exposed ECR repositories and cross-account access are among the misconfigurations identified in container services.