Pen Testing Automation

Scale your manual penetration testing program with automated security validation.

Get More Outcomes From Your Testing

Penetration Testing and other human-led security assessments help organizations identify vulnerabilities and comply with information security regulations. However, the scope and cost of these assessments can prohibit them from being performed regularly.

Attack simulation broadens the scope and frequency of testing programs, enabling security teams without offensive security skills to obtain consistent validation insights.

Automate Pen Testing to:

  • Identify and address risks sooner
  • Alleviate manual testing requirements
  • Broaden attack surface visibility

Benefits of Pen Test Automation

Expand the scale and scope of testing.
Quantify and measure risks.
Insights when you need them.
No ethical hacking expertise required.

Companies should embrace automated continuous testing to protect against longstanding online threats.

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Why Manual Pen Testing is Not Enough

While manual penetration testing remains a key way to assess your cyber security through the eyes of a human attacker, the time it takes to conduct tests manually means that assessments are performed at a single point in time and have a narrow scope.

With pen testing automation, scale the breadth and depth of your testing program and benefit from consistent insights that enable you to identify and address risks sooner.

How Picus Helps

By automating penetration testing, Picus supplies the insights you need to measure and optimize your security posture on a consistent basis.

At the click of a button, simulate thousands of real-world threats and attack techniques across the cyber kill chain.

For a holistic view, validate your security outside>in and inside>out. Also benefit from actionable insights to prioritize vulnerabilities, optimize security controls, and more.

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Security Validation Across Your Internal and External Attack Surfaces

Uncover exposures across your IT environment.

Validate the effectiveness of your controls to prevent and detect network infiltration, web application attacks, data exfiltration, and more.

Validate your security through the eyes of an evasive attacker with initial access to your organization's network.

Validate IAM policies and configurations with attack simulation for AWS, Azure and GCP.

Broaden visibility of the assets attackers could target to compromise your environment.

Validate Security Across your Internal and External
Attack Surfaces

Actionable Insights. Not Generic Guidance.

Manual penetration testing engagements can fail to provide the metrics you need to quantify  your threat readiness.

By choosing to automate your penetration testing program with Picus, measure your cyber risk in key areas, easily track improvements, and evidence your security posture.

Actionable remediation and mitigation insights provide the support you need to address risks quickly and effectively.


Get The Best From Your Security Stack

Optimize your controls against the latest threats.

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How the Picus Platform helps you address your cybersecurity challenges. 

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Simulate attacks to measure and optimize security controls.


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


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Frequently Asked Questions

Automated penetration testing describes the identification of security exposures, such as vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, using an automated tool.  Manual penetration testing performed by an ethical hacker can be slow and is often narrow in scope. Automated penetration testing is faster to perform and widens the scope of testing programs. 

Manual pen testing is performed by human ethical hackers. Automated pen testing complements manual assessments by broadening the scope and scale of testing programs. The outcomes of manual penetration testing can vary depending on the skills of a tester.  Automated tests provide consistent validation and metrics that can be used to track changes to an organization’s security posture more reliably.

No. The Picus platform automates security validation, meaning specialist ethical hacking skills are not required to simulate threats. This makes Picus an ideal choice for security  teams that want consistent offensive security insights. For professionals with offensive security skills, the platform offers advanced features, such as threat customization, which help scale testing programs.

Automated Pen Testing and Breach and Attack Simulation are terms used interchangeably to describe solutions that simulate threats. The main difference between tools is that some are specialized in addressing specific use cases such as 

vulnerability management, security control validation, and attack path management.  The Picus Platform has capabilities to address an extensive range of validation requirements.

Due to constant changes in the threat landscape and within IT environments, it is recommended that pen testing should be performed on at least a weekly basis and after infrastructure changes. Annual or quarterly pen testing might satisfy some compliance requirements but is not enough to ensure swift identification and mitigation of exposures.

Yes. Pen testing can be performed safely in production environments if it is appropriately scoped to minimize any risks. 

Picus performs attack simulations using agents and does not target production systems. Any changes made to an environment are rolled back to their original state once an assessment is completed.