PCI Penetration Testing

Our PCI penetration testing not only helps you proactively identify and remediate vulnerabilities in your organization, but fulfills PCI requirements for testing and associated proof of compliance.

Proactively Manage Risks and Ensure Compliance with PCI Penetration Testing

Financial information and associated personally identifiable information are some of the most sought after data on the internet, and typically demand some of the highest rates on the dark web. Organizations dealing with large amounts of private financial information are at greater risk of being targeted – attackers want this data.

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) defined the PCI-DSS (Data Security Standard) to help standardize and codify a default, good-practice set of security controls designed to help protect financial data and organizations who manage and process it. This standard also includes requirements that organizations conduct penetration testing at least annually, or after any significant changes to the network or applications that could impact the security of the cardholder data environment.

Evolve Security’s PCI penetration testing services are designed to help you proactively manage risk of attack. Penetration testing is an essential part of the PCI-DSS compliance process since it helps organizations identify and remediate vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by attackers. Evolve Security’s PCI penetration testing not only verifies you have implemented and are maintaining security controls that meet standards of good practice (including the PCI-DSS), but provides documented proof that the controls were tested. Evolve Security is committed using our Darwin Attack® portal to enable near real-time communications, providing you with results as the test progresses. Evolve Security ensures you have details that enable you to conduct proactive remediation, reducing the exploitable vulnerabilities in your environment, enhancing your control and security, improving compliance, and reducing risk.

Our proven PCI penetration testing solutions

Evolve Security’s approach to PCI penetration testing services are designed to not only enable you to reduce risk related to your environment, but are specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the current PCI-DSS. Evolve Security identifies vulnerabilities, and enables you to take proactive actions to perform all remediation. This includes focusing on the network, 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 network penetration testing.

Our PCI 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.


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

Manual testing, validation and exploitation

Manual validation, testing, and exploitation. Privilege escalation and data exfiltration. Verification of PCI coverage. 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.

Additionally, Evolve Security includes staff who are qualified and experienced in performing PCI penetration testing. Our staff maintains certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). We regularly train staff on developments in PCI-DSS and testing standards, and update controls alsong with remediation actions in our Darwin Attack® portal as the PCI-DSS evolves.

These steps help ensure our services always focus on providing you with actionable information you can use to make proactive steps to improve the security of your applications, and better meet your compliance needs.

Our PCI penetration testing services update as cybersecurity threats evolve

PCI 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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