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Security Control Validation

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

Test Your Security Controls 24/7

Picus SCV identifies threat prevention and detection weaknesses by assessing the effectiveness of your security tools on a continual basis (and on-demand).

Assess Readiness Against The Latest Threats

Assess Readiness Against The Latest Threats

With a rich threat library, updated daily by offensive security experts, Picus SCV tests your defenses against current and emerging attack techniques.

Optimize Prevention & Detection Capabilities

Optimize Prevention & Detection Capabilities

To achieve optimal protection from your network and endpoint security tools, Picus SCV supplies easy-to-apply signatures and detection rules.

Show the Value of your Investments

Show the Value of your Investments

Supplying real-time metrics, including an overall security score for your organization, Picus helps you to measure performance and prove the value of your controls.

Operationalize MITRE ATT&CK

Operationalize MITRE ATT&CK

Picus SCV maps assessment results to the MITRE ATT&CK framework, enabling you to visualize threat coverage and prioritize mitigation of gaps.

Enhance SOC Efficiency and Effectiveness

Enhance SOC Efficiency and Effectiveness

Picus SCV automates manual assessment and engineering processes to reduce fatigue and help your security teams work together more collaboratively.

Reasons to Choose The Picus Platform to Validate Your Existing Controls

An extensive library of real-world threats
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.
Actionable mitigation recommendations
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.
Customizable threats and attack scenarios
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.
MITRE ATT&CK mapping
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.
Executive reports and dashboards
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.
Benchmarking capability
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.

Product Use Cases

Security Control Validation

Validate that your security controls provide the protection you need to defend against the latest cyber threats.

Security Posture Management

Determine your level of security risk at any moment and avoid having to make assumptions.

Security Control Rationalization

Maximize the value of existing investments and ensure that new ones deliver the value you expect.

Enhancing SOC Effectiveness

Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of SOC controls and processes to reduce the time it takes to detect and respond to threats.

Compliance Enablement

Achieve a proactive approach to security and demonstrate that you comply with the latest regulations and standards.

Individually Licensable Attack Modules

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


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

Validate Your Prevention and Detection Capabilities

Maximise the protection you receive from your existing controls.

Security Control Validation for

Prevention Controls

Security Control Validation for

Prevention Controls

Validate, measure and enhance the effectiveness of your network security, endpoint and email controls to block the latest threats

Security Control Validation for

Detection Controls

Security Control Validation for

Detection Controls

Validate the performance of your organization’s SIEM, EDR and XDR tools to ensure that they are always optimized to detect and respond


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 Security Control Validation? red-arrow

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.

Why is Security Control validation Important? red-arrow

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.

How Regularly Should Security Sontrol Validation be Performed? red-arrow

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.

How does Security Control Validation Support Compliance with Regulations and Standards? red-arrow

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.