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What should one pay for a pen test?

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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:21 am

What should one pay for a pen test?

I was testing a corp. wireless network, so pen test is a exaggeration, they had WEP and I told them so. So the question is what should I ask for this service? I spent roughly three hours at it, including a info meeting with CEO and IT dept. boss, and they went on to fix the WLAN themselves, so my involvment ended there, but will come and check it out once they've switched to WPA. So how much and how much does education and skill weigh in?
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:10 am

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

There is no easy answer for this.  Every area of the country has different rates at the moment, and even then your personal and company reputation will have a major effect.  This is just in the Detroit area, but I'm seeing small businesses paying small security shops in the area of $40 to $60 an hour for general security work. 
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Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

pseud0 wrote:This is just in the Detroit area, but I'm seeing small businesses paying small security shops in the area of $40 to $60 an hour for general security work. 


Are you in the Detroit area?
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:14 am

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

I bill $50/hr here in Mongomery, but that if for general IT work.
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Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

BillV wrote:
pseud0 wrote:This is just in the Detroit area, but I'm seeing small businesses paying small security shops in the area of $40 to $60 an hour for general security work. 


Are you in the Detroit area?


For security reasons I will neither confirm nor deny the presence of my physical body as being in Detroit.  That being said, traffic on the Lodge was suxx0r this morning, and I'm a Lions fan.
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:22 pm

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

I agree with sgt_mjc, I'm in Ohio and don't leave the house for less than $50 an hour...and that's for basic PC Support. 
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:26 pm

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

lmao... I didn't know you may or may not be in the same area as I am. Luckily, I don't drive on the Lodge :) but 275 is always a mess. Unfortunately, I also am a Lions fan :-\
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:48 pm

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

Mr. Roboto wrote:I agree with sgt_mjc, I'm in Ohio and don't leave the house for less than $50 an hour...and that's for basic PC Support. 


Yeah, I don't do a whole lot of on-site stuff.. just a little bit on the side, but that's typically about what I charge too. Usually $50 to come out, estimate, and include the first hour.
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:20 pm

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

Jeeze, you guys are too cheap for security work! $125 to $150 first hour and $75 TO $95 each additional hour. Depends on the size of the company.  I am in AZ.
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:58 pm

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

As they say in the realestate business...location, location, location.......
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:41 pm

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Kev wrote:Jeeze, you guys are too cheap for security work! $125 to $150 first hour and $75 TO $95 each additional hour. Depends on the size of the company.  I am in AZ.


I didn't say those were my bill rates, I said those were the rates for the local small firms and independent security guys.  The rates for my firm are a bit obscene. 
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:42 pm

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

BillV wrote:lmao... I didn't know you may or may not be in the same area as I am. Luckily, I don't drive on the Lodge :) but 275 is always a mess. Unfortunately, I also am a Lions fan :-\


Ok, then its agreed.  Bill and I are going to take turns hacking everything Matt Millen owns...
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pseud0 wrote:Ok, then its agreed.  Bill and I are going to take turns hacking everything Matt Millen owns...


HAHA! I'm totally up for that! "FIRE.., MILLEN!"

I wish they'd just sell the team to someone that actually cares. I think that would make all the difference. That, and maybe we'd get some cheerleaders instead of some goofy flag twirlers :P
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:13 pm

Re: What should one pay for a pen test?

Hmmm, I should start doing small jobs on the side. Extra cash would be nice. I wonder what's the going rate in the Caribbean...
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Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:32 pm

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blackazarro wrote:
Hmmm, I should start doing small jobs on the side. Extra cash would be nice. I wonder what's the going rate in the Caribbean...


Maybe a little sneaky, but check the yellow pages.  Call local companies that provide the type of service you want to offer and ask what they charge.
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