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Cost of a Penetration Test from High Bit Security

Many of our competitors try hard to convince search engines that they are publishing their penetration testing cost, without actually publishing any penetration testing prices. We think you are probably looking for a company that actually does publish penetration testing costs, which is why you searched for it. It's also why we have this page.

Here is a current, real, penetration testing price card for our most commonly encountered types of penetration testing. Some providers are reluctant to publish their penetration testing prices. With 10 years of experience, a staff of well trained direct employees and quality manual penetration testing prices starting at $2,900, we do not hesitate to quote our pen test pricing.

TypeTotal Penetration Test Cost, most common packages, by descriptionPrice, USD
Manual-1External Network Penetration Test Cost, up to 32 IP addresses.$2,900
Manual-1External Web Application Penetration Test Cost, black box.$2,900
Manual-1Web Package Deal, black box. Price includes one External Web Application Penetration Test, black box, plus Network and Host Configuration testing of the host web server.$3,400
Manual-1Web Package Deal, credentialed. Price includes one External Web Application Penetration Test, with credentialed testing including horizontal and vertical access control testing, plus Network and Host Configuration testing of the host web server.$4,800
Manual-2External Network Penetration Test Cost, up to 32 IP addresses.$4,900
Manual-2External Web Application Penetration Test Cost, black box.$4,900
Manual-2Web Package Deal, black box. Price includes one External Web Application Penetration Test, black box, plus Network and Host Configuration testing of the host web server.$5,400
Manual-2Web Package Deal, credentialed. Price includes one External Web Application Penetration Test, with credentialed testing including horizontal and vertical access control testing, plus Network and Host Configuration testing of the host web server.$6,800
Manual-3External Network Penetration Test Cost, up to 32 IP addresses.$7,900
Manual-3External Web Application Penetration Test Cost, black box.$7,900
Manual-3Web Package Deal, black box. Price includes one External Web Application Penetration Test, black box, plus Network and Host Configuration testing of the host web server.$8,400
Manual-3Web Package Deal, credentialed. Price includes one External Web Application Penetration Test, with credentialed testing including horizontal and vertical access control testing, plus Network and Host Configuration testing of the host web server.$9,800


Important notes about our manual penetration testing costs, and some warnings regarding automated testing and prices.

Pricing Background for Manual Penetration Testing

What is Manual-1, Manual-2 and Manual-3, and how do these categories impact the cost of a penetration test? To explain this, you should first understand that everyone involved in a penetration test for High Bit Security meets the following criteria:

  • has passed a civil and criminal background check,
  • is a direct employee of High Bit Security,
  • is trained from the ground up, in house, at our own training facilities,
  • is certified through well recognized outside certification sources such as GIAC, or is in training and on a certification path.

All certified penetration testers are trained inside, certified outside, have at least one year of employment history with us and at least 1,000 hours of supervised, hands on experience with live engagements. The cost for all of our penetration testing is based on in house, on site, direct employee testing. No remote contractors are used for any High Bit Security penetration testing.

What does this have to do with penetration testing cost and pricing?

Our in house training allows us to provide three distinct manual penetration testing price levels, with full transparency, as always.

So here is what Manual-1, Manual-2 and Manual-3 mean, in terms of service and price:

Manual-1 is the best choice for a low cost penetration test, while still maintaining manual quality. It means that the primary tester may be someone with a year or more of employment history with High Bit Security, with a minimum of 500 hours of hands on experience with live penetration testing engagements, who is in their second training phase and needs 500 hours of independent work to complete our pre-certification training. The individual has demonstrated sufficient skill to take on this role, has access to senior staff for guidance and junior staff for assistance if needed, but has sole responsibility for performance and reporting. If you are looking for the lowest cost penetration testing option for serious manual testing, this is it.

Manual-2 is our standard approach and most popular option for a high quality manual penetration test at a reasonable cost. It means that all engagement work is performed by a team, managed by a certified lead tester, who assigns work and closely supervises individuals deemed competent to perform the specific tasks they are given. Some of the work will be done by personnel who are in various training phases. All complex issues, fault chaining work, overall interpretation and final responsibility for context relevant testing and reporting remains with a certified tester.

Manual-3 is our premium option, the utmost quality and the highest cost penetration test we offer. With this option all work is performed by a certified tester, whether we think it makes sense from a human resource perspective or not. This is not the most cost efficient penetration testing engagement, and almost all firms claiming to do it will balk when asked to put it in writing, but there are cases that require it and we do offer it (in writing) for our clients who want it.

Now that we have explained those terms, we can put it in table form, and then you can see how it impacts penetration testing cost and know what it means:

TypeBase Engagement, Penetration Test Price, USD
Manual-1$1,000
Manual-2$3,000
Manual-3$6,000

You will find that the common package prices for penetration testing listed on our rate card at the top of the page differ in price by exactly the difference in these base engagement prices.

If a package penetration testing deal is not what you need, here are more of our common scope items, just total up what you actually need and then add your chosen base engagement price (Manual-1,2 or 3), to come up with the total cost of the penetration test:

TypePenetration Test Cost, itemized by testing component descriptionItem Cost, USD
NetworkNetwork and Host Configuration penetration testing, block of 32 IP addresses, itemized cost.$1,900
Web Application or Web ServiceA single, non-credentialed web application or web service penetration test, itemized cost.$1,900
Credentialed TestingSurcharge for adding credentialed testing for a web application or web service penetration test, itemized cost. Includes 2 application roles or one web service role, and includes full horizontal and vertical access control boundary testing.$1,900
Internal TestingPrice is the surcharge for an internal penetration test.$1,000
WirelessWireless penetration test (in conjunction with internal testing only), itemized cost.$2,900
Social EngineeringPrice is for a Remote social engineering test, including two separate electronic attack vectors including spear phishing email directed at human targets within your organization, in conjunction with an external network penetration test, itemized cost.$3,900

We do our best to be transparent about our penetration testing prices, but often the package deals and standard scope items aren't quite what you are looking for, or your total is high enough for volume discounts, or you just need more explanation.

We can't possibly cover every penetration testing price combination or circumstance, but we do try. If you are still not sure what you need, or what your penetration testing engagement will cost, you are not alone. Half or more of our penetration testing engagements have some unique factor that either impacts price or needs some explanation from us or open dialog with you before we can price it. We are happy to provide more information, including detailed, itemized cost quotes for any penetration test. Just contact us using the form at top the page.

We'll build the best itemized quote we can for you, with all penetration testing costs and methods explained in detail, and nothing hidden.

You can find more information on our manual penetration testing methods in our methodology section

We value transparency and welcome comparison.
The cost of our penetration testing plans are not a secret. We do our level best to provide you with full information, but we know that we cannot cover every scenario that might impact penetration testing pricing on one web page. Please compare our penetration testing costs, 10 years of experience, reputation for transparency, and published methods, with other providers.

Then ask us for a free, quick, no hassle penetration testing quote using the contact form above.