Penetration Testing

Understand the real-world risks and impacts of system vulnerabilities.

Penetration 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. Because Coalfire Labs thinks and acts like an attacker, you can discover critical vulnerabilities and remediate them before they are exploited.

penetration testingOur penetration testing engagements identify threats to your organization, key assets that may be at risk, and the threat agents that may attempt to compromise them. Each engagement is customized to your requirements and may span from breaching a single host to gaining deep network access.

We begin by identifying assignment objectives, as well as the attack vectors and scenarios that we’ll use. Throughout the engagement, we provide ongoing status reports, immediate identification of critical risks, and knowledge transfer to your technical team. At the end of the process, we ensure you have a complete understanding of the exploitable vulnerabilities in your environment and recommended remediation strategies.

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


  • Escalation of privileges and compromised credentials
  • Use of compromised systems to gain access further into the network
  • Attempts to access business-critical systems or information to demonstrate impact

Why choose Coalfire as your penetration testing partner

  • Our approach goes beyond automated tools and processes to include deep knowledge of how compromises can occur.
  • We ensure assessments are effectively executed within limited engagement windows by prioritizing testing of critical devices and components.
  • Our assessments provide valuable, actionable insights into discovered vulnerabilities, potential attack paths, business impact of breaches, and remediation steps.
  • Experienced, skilled testers develop our comprehensive reports so you can easily understand the actionable information contained within them.
  • Our team members undergo extensive training, participate as industry thought leaders, and have earned industry certifications, including GXPN, GPEN, GCIH, GWAPT, CREST CCT, MCSE, RHCT, OSCP, OSCE, NSA IAM/IEM, CEH, PMP, and CISSP.