Authenticated Penetration Testing

Our authenticated penetration testing helps you proactively identify and remediate vulnerabilities an attacker can exploit if they are able to gain access credentials of a valid user.

Secure Your Network with Authenticated Penetration Testing Service

An important element of a cyberattack is the actions an attacker takes to hide in your internal network and expand their foothold in your environment. 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 your sensitive information. During this time, attackers are working at bypassing controls that enforce network segregation, and avoiding your internal network security controls, including detection and response measures.

One of the key components of such attacks is obtaining valid credentials – from keyboard loggers or spyware, from phishing attacks, or other techniques. Attackers then use captured credentials to explore authorized access, and attempt privilege escalation attacks to try to gain greater levels of access and control. Attackers know that many organizations are not well equipped to detect improper accesses of valid users.

Evolve Security’s authenticated penetration testing services are designed to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be exploited by an attacker who gains access to the system or network. By testing with authorized access, we can assess the security controls in place, such as access controls, permissions, and privileges. We assess your defenses and identify potential weaknesses that could be exploited by an attacker. Evolve Security provides information to help you identify, prioritize, remediate, manage, and report on identified vulnerabilities.

Evolve Security is committed using our Darwin Attack® portal to enable near real-time communications, providing you with results as the test progresses. And these results are not just jargon laden content, but meaningful details about the identified vulnerabilities, potential consequences, and recommended remediations.

Our proven authenticated penetration testing solutions

Evolve Security’s approach to authenticated network penetration testing services focuses on enabling you to reduce risk related to your environment. Evolve Security identifies vulnerabilities, and enables you to take proactive actions to perform all remediation. This includes focusing on the network, subnets, segregating controls, systems, routers, firewalls, and related devices, as well as the tools, protocols, and services that support them.

Evolve Security follows a best-practice process to accomplish all authenticated network penetration testing.

Authenticated 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 to use in testing.


Network discovery and automated tool testing, vulnerability and application scanning, supported with manual discovery and follow-up as appropriate.

Manual testing, validation and exploitation

Exploration of existing access controls via provided credentials. Manual validation, testing, and exploitation. Privilege escalation and data exfiltration. 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 authenticated 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 authenticated penetration testing services update as cybersecurity threats evolve

Authenticated penetration tests are key 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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