Assumed Breach Penetration Testing

Our assumed breach penetration testing helps you proactively stop a security breach, reducing your attack surface and testing attacker methods of exfiltration.

Stay Ahead of Web-Based Attacks with Assumed Breach Penetration Testing

Web-based attacks continue to increase. New vulnerabilities are being found faster than ever, and attackers are better at weaponizing those vulnerabilities and using exploits to attack their victims. Average dwell times – the length of time an attacker stays hidden in your network before you detect their presence – typically measures in months, but there are many examples where an attacker remained hidden for years while they continued to exfiltrate sensitive information.

Unfortunately, this long dwell time indicates that organizations can struggle to identify exactly when they are actually breached. Attackers are working at bypassing controls that enforce network segregation, and avoiding your internal network security controls, including detection and response measures. During this time, attackers are often exfiltrating data and mis-using your system resources.

Evolve Security’s assumed breach penetration testing services are designed to help you proactively manage risks associated with the results of a breach. Evolve Security provides information to help you identify, prioritize, remediate, manage, and report on the vulnerabilities an attacker can use to extend their internal control and hide their activity. Our services also help you evaluate the effectiveness of your security controls, focused on your ability to not only detect malicious activity, but to rapidly respond to it in a meaningful way.

Our proven assumed breach penetration testing solutions

Evolve Security’s approach to assumed breach penetration testing services focuses on enabling you to reduce risk related to an active breach. Evolve Security identifies vulnerabilities, and enables you to take proactive actions to perform all remediation. This includes focusing on the applications, the systems, tools, and services that support them. This also focuses on maximizing your ability to detect and respond to a breach quickly and effectively.

Evolve Security follows a best-practice process to accomplish all assumed breach penetration testing.

Assumed breach penetration testing includes a variety of tool-based and manual efforts, coordinated to provide you the best available information.

Information gathering

Identify attack source, testing windows, IP addresses to be tested, and set rules of engagement. Identify authenticated credentials, or other breach source to use in testing.


Network discovery and automated tool testing, vulnerability and application scanning, supported with manual discovery and follow-up as appropriate. Identify default accesses available by credentials or system-enabled access on the initial “breached” system. Automated misconfiguration checking.

Manual testing, validation and exploitation

Manual validation, testing, and exploitation. Tool-enabled and manual checks for misconfigurations. Automated and manual testing of installed system tools. Identification, avoidance, and evaluation of existing security controls.

Analysis and reporting

Ongoing updates to our Darwin Attack® portal during testing, but also includes root cause analysis, business risk analysis, findings with evidence, as well as a remediation plan for all negative findings.

Evolve Security’s assumed breach penetration testing solutions include the exact set of services that are most appropriate for your business needs. These services always focus on providing you with actionable information you can use to make proactive steps to improve the security of your internal network infrastructure and supporting security controls, and better meet your business needs.

Our assumed breach penetration testing services update as cybersecurity threats evolve

Assumed breach penetration tests are important components of your enterprise security program.  Commodity services have a place in the market, but are not going to offer you the type of service, details, and effectiveness that you need to identify security problems in your environment, then maximizes your opportunity to fix them in a proactive manner, before a hostile attacker or cybercriminal has the chance to take advantage of them.

Evolve Security combines three important elements to offer the best penetration test services:

Best of breed toolsets

That are regularly evaluated, replaced, and updated to maintain not only the best tools, but most appropriate tools for your specific services


Experienced security experts

With broad ranges of technical experience to help ensure we can provide the most effective service


The Darwin Attack® portal

Which enables efficient, timely communications and collaborations, and supports your management and reporting needs

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