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How to Select a Penetration Testing Provider

Published: 19 February 2019

ID: G00383103

Analyst(s): Toby Bussa , Prateek Bhajanka, Claudio Neiva


Penetration testing is important for security and risk management leaders needing to assess enterprise exposure to threats and vulnerabilities, and ability to meet regulatory requirements and test security operations. Find the right provider with planning, a structured approach and due diligence.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Know the Specific Test Types Needed, and the Tests’ Goals, Scope, Requirements and Boundaries, Before Selecting a Provider
  • Use a Structured Approach, Including an RFP and References, to Compare, Assess and Select a Provider
  • Focus the Evaluation and Selection on Your Objectives and Requirements
    • Outputs
    • Engagement Management and Communication Channels
    • Expertise and Experience

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