NetSPI Offensive Security Solutions Updates: Q1 2023

NetSPI prides itself on maintaining a leadership position in the global offensive security space by listening to client feedback, analyzing industry trends, and investing in breakthrough technology developments.

Over the last few months, our development teams have been busy, and are excited to introduce a variety of new features and capabilities across our Breach and Attack Simulation, Attack Surface Management, and Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS) solutions to help organizations improve security posture, streamline remediation, and protect themselves from adversaries.

Of the releases across our solutions portfolio, Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) received the most significant updates, so let’s start there.

Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) 

NetSPI BAS data shows that only 20% of common attack behaviors are detected by traditional EDR, SIEM, and MSSP solutions. Although most companies spend thousands, even millions, of dollars on detective controls, very few test to validate if they work and provide the value they claim to.

NetSPI’s Breach and Attack Simulation is designed to evaluate detective control effectiveness and educate security operations teams around common TTPs across the cyber kill chain. After many invaluable feedback sessions with NetSPI clients and hours of market research, we are excited to unveil major updates to our Breach and Attack Simulation platform, dialing in on three core dashboards: the Workspace, Timeline, and Heat Map dashboards.


The Workspace is where red teams, purple teams, security engineers, and analysts will spend a majority of their time. Here, they can build, configure and run customized procedures to test their detective controls. Key features within the Workspace include:

  • Utilize preconfigured procedures – or customize your own – to put detective controls to the test 
  • Visualize security posture and identify gaps using detailed summary charts that update in real time. These can be saved and downloaded to easily share with SOC teams and executive leadership to highlight gaps and justify budget for new staff and technology. 
  • While in the Workspace, users can also learn about each detection phase (logged, detected, alerted, responded, and prevented) for common TTPs within the Mitre ATT&CK framework – down to the individual procedure level.  
  • The Activity Log feature allows security teams to ditch the spreadsheets, wiki pages, and notepads they currently use to track information around their detective control capabilities and centralize this information from a summary viewpoint down to the findings level, allowing streamlined communication and remediation. It will also automatically log play execution and visibility state changes. 
  • Tags allow security teams to see the number of malware and threat actors that use the specific technique, helping prioritize resources and remediation efforts. Tags can also be leveraged to generate custom playbooks that include procedures used by unique threat actors, allowing security teams to measure their resiliency to specific threats quickly and easily. 
  • Export test results in JSON or CSV, allowing the SOC team to plug information into existing business processes and products, or develop customized metrics. 

In summary, the Workspace is designed to educate and enable security teams to understand common attack procedures, how to detect them, and provide resources where they can learn more. 


While the Workspace shows a lot of great information, it focuses on a single point in time. The Timeline dashboard, however, allows you to measure detective controls over time.

This allows security teams to prove the value of investments in people, processes or technology. The Timeline Dashboard will also show where things have improved, stayed the same, or gotten worse at any stage of the Mitre ATT&CK kill chain.

While many competitive BAS offerings will show what is being Alerted on, a unique differentiator for NetSPI is the ability to filter results and show changes in what is logged, detected, alerted, responded, and prevented. These changes can be shown as a percentage (i.e. Logging improved 5 percent) or a count (i.e. Logging improved within two different procedures). Similarly to the Workspace, these charts can be downloaded and easily inserted into presentations, emails, or other reports as needed.

For additional information on how NetSPI defines logging, detection, alerting, response, and prevention, read How to Paint a Comprehensive Threat Detection Landscape

Heat Map

Security teams often refer to the Mitre ATT&CK framework, which shows the phases, tactics, or techniques of common TTPs and procedures seen in the wild. We know that many teams prefer seeing results in this framework, and as such, have built it into our Breach and Attack Simulation platform. BAS delivers a familiar way to interact with the data, while still connecting to the workspace created for detection engineers and other security team members.

As mentioned in the Timeline dashboard, a key differentiator is that we show the different visibility levels (logged, detected, alerted, responded, and prevented) within the Mitre ATT&CK framework coverage within each phase of the cyber kill chain and even down to each specific technique.

Here, we also have the ability to dig in and show all of the procedures that are supported within each technique category. These are then cross-linked back to the Workspace, to streamline remediation and re-testing of specific coverage gaps.

This is a quick summary of a few new features and benefits included in our updated Breach and Attack Simulation solution. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to read our release notes, or contact us for a demo.

Attack Surface Management (ASM) 

Attack Surface Management continues to be a major focus and growing technology within the cybersecurity industry. NetSPI’s most recent ASM updates focus on organizing, filtering, and expanding on information that was previously included, but will now be even easier to locate and pull actionable information from.  

Three key new feature highlights from last quarter include Vulnerability Triggers, Certificate Transparency Logs, and the Subdomain Facet within our domain explore page.

Vulnerability Triggers

First off, what is a vulnerability? Vulnerabilities consist of any exploits of significant risk identified on your attack surface, which are found by combining both assets and exposures. Although a specific asset or exposure might not be very impactful, when combined into a series of steps it can result in a much greater risk.

With the recent introduction of Vulnerability Triggers, admins can now query assets and exposures for specific criteria based on preconfigured or customized search results, and alert on the ones that are the most concerning to you or your company. These Vulnerability Triggers can now be customized to search for criteria related to Domains, IPs, or Ports.

Long story short, Vulnerability triggers allow your company to not only search for common assets, exploits and vulnerabilities, but also key areas of concern for your executive team, industry, organization, or project.

Certificate Transparency Logs & Subdomain Facet

The next two new features are focused on root domain and subdomain discovery.

NetSPI’s ASM has searched root domains and subdomains since its creation, however we are proud to officially introduce Certificate Transparency Logs! We now ingest certificate transparency logs from public data sources, allowing us to significantly increase domain discovery.

We are also excited to announce the release of our Subdomain Facet within our domain explore page. It is common for companies to have tens, or even hundreds, of subdomains on their attack surface, however with the Subdomain Facet within our domains explore page, you will now be able to filter the common subdomains on your attack surface.

A great use case example of this is to discover development subdomains (,, or, etc.) where sensitive projects or intellectual property might be located, and unintentionally exposed externally.

Another common use case for these types of features could be to detect sub domains that have been hijacked by malicious adversaries in an attempt to steal sensitive customer or employee information.

This is a quick summary of a few new features and benefits included in our Attack Surface Management offering, however if you would like to learn more, we encourage you to read our release notes, or contact us for a demo.

Penetration Testing as a Service (Resolve™) 

NetSPI’s Resolve, our penetration testing as a service (PTaaS) platform, has been an industry leader for years, allowing users to visualize their test results and streamline remediation by up to 40%. This product would not be able to remain a leader without continued updates from our product development teams.

Recently, we have been focused on delivering updates to enhance the user experience and make data within the platform to be more accessible and easily leveraged within other security team processes and platforms.

AND/OR Logic

Previously, when users created filters in the grid, AND Logic, as well as OR Logic could be used on filtered search results. We are excited to introduce AND/OR Logic to filters, allowing users to combine both AND Logic and OR Logic to deliver more detailed results to their security teams or business leaders.

Automated Instance State Workflow

Finally, we have introduced automated instance state workflows to include bulk edits. Previously, this was only applicable while updating individual instance states. This change improves efficiencies within the Resolve platform for entire vulnerability management teams.

This is a quick summary of a few new features and benefits included in our PTaaS solution, however if you would like to learn more, we encourage you to read our release notes, or contact us for a demo.

This blog post is a part of our offensive security solutions update series. Stay tuned for additional innovations within Resolve (PTaaS), ASM (Attack Surface Management), and BAS (Breach and Attack Simulation).

Read past solutions update blogs: 

Discover how the NetSPI BAS solution helps organizations validate the efficacy of existing security controls and understand their Security Posture and Readiness.