Gartner Research

How to Select a Penetration-Testing Provider

Published: 01 February 2016

ID: G00290983

Analyst(s): Toby Bussa , Oliver Rochford, Claudio Neiva


Penetration testing is important for organizations needing to meet regulatory requirements for security or adopt a specific security control framework. It's common practice to hire a provider to do this testing, but finding the right one demands planning, a structured approach and due diligence.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Define Your Requirements and Testing Boundaries
  • Identify and Shortlist Potential Providers
  • Issue an RFP
  • Analyze RFP Responses and Select a Provider

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.