Open source breach and attack simulation tool Infection Monkey gets new features

Guardicore, a leader in internal data center and cloud security, unveiled new capabilities for its Infection Monkey that make it the industry’s first Zero Trust assessment tool.

Infection Monkey tool

Added features extend the functionality of the already successful Infection Monkey, a free, open source breach and attack simulation tool used by thousands to demonstrate and analyze their environments against lateral movement and attacks.

The latest version of Infection Monkey enables both enterprise security leaders and network engineers to determine how their environments perform against a Zero Trust security posture on their path to overall Zero Trust adoption.

Infection Monkey now provides security and network infrastructure teams the ability to easily and accurately examine an enterprise’s adherence to key components of the Zero Trust framework as established by Forrester with detailed explanations of security gaps and prescriptive instructions on how to rectify them.

“A concept first developed by Forrester Research nearly a decade ago, the Zero Trust approach to information security is gaining momentum and driving strategic technical alignment and implementations toward a process focused on building security from the inside out,” said Pavel Gurvich, Co-founder and CEO, Guardicore.

“Yet many organizations are still unsure of how to move from theory to deployment and apply the principles of Zero Trust in their environment. Infection Monkey is the first tool of its kind that allows organizations to safely and easily test their environment’s Zero Trust posture and generate specific recommendations to accelerate and enhance Zero Trust adoption and ensure continued adherence. ”

Infection Monkey with Zero Trust assessment

Infection Monkey enables cybersecurity and infrastructure architects to operationalize Zero Trust by accurately examining an enterprise’s adherence to the pillars of Zero Trust, including detailed explanations of where the enterprise falls short, and instructions on how to address these shortcomings.

Easy to deploy and run, Infection Monkey tests implementation of the Zero Trust framework by attempting to communicate with machines residing in different segments of the enterprise network, demonstrating policy violations, and generating test results with actionable recommendations for remediation.

With prescriptive reporting that can be easily implemented without any additional staff or education, Infection Monkey offers security leaders the ability to illustrate enterprise Zero Trust posture against the Forrester framework with an easy to understand red, yellow, green color scheme.

Like previous versions of Infection Monkey, the latest version runs on bare metal, VMWare, other hypervisors, AWS, Azure, Google, and private clouds.

Availability and contributions

Guardicore Infection Monkey source code is currently available from the GitHub repository. Added capabilities for Zero Trust assessment and deployments for the AWS Marketplace, Microsoft Azure Marketplace and Google Cloud Platform Marketplace will be available for download at the end of the quarter.

Infection Monkey is available for Linux, Windows, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, VMWare and Docker environments.

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Open source breach and attack simulation tool Infection Monkey gets new features