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Attack PathValidation

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


Visualize and Remediate High-risk Paths In Your Internal Network

With cybersecurity breaches now an operational reality, it’s essential to plan for the worst. Key to an assumed breach mindset is understanding how, having achieved initial access to your network, sophisticated adversaries could accomplish their objectives by exploiting previously undiscovered vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.
Picus Attack Path Validation (APV) enables security teams to automatically discover and visualize the steps an evasive attacker could take to compromise critical systems and accounts. Simulating real-world adversary actions, this powerful tool uncovers attack paths that pose the greatest risk and provides 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 compromise your Windows Active Directory and simulates real-world adversary actions to validate that they are actual paths that can be exploited, not ones that exist theoretically.


Provides a Holistic View of your Internal Attack Surface

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 multiple areas of 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

Save time and money by automating offensive security testing and ensure that when you do commission manual assessments, they deliver better outcomes and value.


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 adversaries could compromise users and machines in order to gain Windows domain administrator privileges.

  • Validation, not just discovery

    To provide confidence that attack paths pose an actual rather than a theoretical risk, Picus APV validates them by simulating a wide range of attack actions. Available actions include credential harvesting, lateral movement, pivoting, and more.

  • Intelligent Adversary Decision Engine

    Attack Path Validation is powered by an intelligent decision engine that closely replicates the approach of real-world attackers. By conducting discovery and enumeration in your environment, it determines how to complete an objective in the most efficient and evasive way possible.

  • 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 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. Run either a script or an executable file on an initial access point to begin a simulation.

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 Paths

Picus Attack Path Validation simulates a wide range of actions to not just discover paths but also validate that they pose a genuine risk. Tailor assessments to your requirements by setting the available actions an assessment can leverage.


Credential Harvesting


Password Cracking


Data Gathering


Lateral Movement




Privilege Escalation






Vulnerability Exploitation




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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.


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