Penetration Testing

Understand the real-world risks and impact of system vulnerabilities with proactive threat management

penetration testingPenetration testing - whether it’s internal or external, white-box or black-box - uncovers critical issues and demonstrates how well your network and information assets are protected by emulating the threats your organization faces. By engaging Coalfire Labs to emulate your adversary, you can discover critical vulnerabilities and remediate them before they are exploited. From breaching single hosts to gaining deep network access, our penetration tests are customized according to your requirements.

Coalfire’s penetration testing engagements include working with your team to identify the threats to your organization, key assets that may be at risk, and the threat agents that may attempt to compromise them. 

Each engagement begins by identifying the objective and goals of the assessment, the attack vectors and scenarios that will be used.  Throughout the engagement, we’ll stay in close contact and provide ongoing status reports, immediate identification of critical risks, and knowledge transfer to your technical team. We complete this process with a thorough out-brief, ensuring a complete understanding of the exploitable vulnerabilities in your environment and recommended enterprise-level strategies for remediation.

Our penetration methodology follows these standard phases:


  • Network mapping and host discovery
  • Service identification, vulnerability scanning, and web application discovery
  • Identification of critical systems and network protections


  • Research exploits and attacks based on enumerated information
  • Active exploitation of vulnerable systems and applications
  • Manual testing tailored to the deployment and business purpose of the target


  • Escalate privileges and compromise credentials
  • Leverage compromised systems to gain new access further into the network
  • Attempt to access business critical systems or information to demonstrate impact

Why Choose Coalfire as your Penetration Testing Partner

As a premier provider of penetration testing services, we bring significant experience supporting government agencies and Fortune 500 companies with comprehensive technical security assessment services.

Here’s what makes us different:

  • Beyond Tools: While some penetration testing providers rely heavily on automated tools for analysis, we employ tools as a starting point for our review, analysis, and exploitation. This means you get the most effective and comprehensive penetration tests.

  • Time-efficient Process: We ensure all assessments are effectively executed within limited engagement windows by prioritizing the testing of critical devices and components. This ensures efficient penetration tests that maximize resources.

  • Deep Insight: Our assessments provide you with valuable and actionable insights into discovered vulnerabilities, potential attack paths, business impact of breaches, and remediation steps to reduce exposure.

Additionally, our team members undergo extensive training, participate as industry thought leaders, and have earned numerous industry certifications, including GPEN, GCIH, GWAPT, CREST CCT, MCSE, RHCT, OSCP, OSCE, NSA IAM/IEM, CEH, PMP, and CISSP.