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Re: What to spend on a pentest
From: "Michael Weber" <mweber () alliednational com>
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 15:49:19 -0500

I would use a formula like this:

(# of targets in network) * (# of services per target to be tested) * (testing time average of 15 min per service per 
target) * (hourly rate of tester) + (cost of documenting the results) = cost of a pen test

So, a 10 target network with an average of 5 services per host to be tested by a competent pen tester would run 
(10 * 5 * .25 * 175) + 1000 = $3187.50

This is pretty rough and includes a LOT of assumptions, but it should get you in the ball park.  If you want a real 
number, your best bet would be to run nmap to enumerate your network and take the results to a pen tester for a bid.

-Michael

"Jacob Weeks" <jaweeks () gmail com> 8/2/2006 9:19:51 AM >>>
I would say it depends more on the types of servers and number of
services offered on the network rather than purely the number of
systems on the network.  As that would give an indication as to how
long it might take, and what kind of resources the tester would need
to bring.



On 1 Aug 2006 15:32:51 -0000, mttdavis () hotmail com <mttdavis () hotmail com> wrote:
Can someone tell me what is a fair amount to spend on a decent pen-test with a simple class C network?

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