Hiring a Penetration Tester?  Key Things You Should Be Aware Of

Written by  Midhlaj


Evaluate Experience

When evaluating a pentester, look for certifications like CEH or OSCP, relevant work experience, and proficiency with tools like Metasploit and Burp Suite. 



Check Certifications

Start by checking for relevant certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), (OSCP), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), or  (CISSP).


Understand Their Methodology

Ensure they have a clear and detailed methodology, including planning, reconnaissance, exploitation, and reporting phases. 

Know Their Tools

Ensure they are proficient with industry-standard tools like Nmap, Metasploit, Burp Suite, and Wireshark. 


Review Past Projects

Review past projects of potential pentesters to gauge their experience and success rates. Look for case studies or references also.


Ensure Legal Compliance

Ensure the pentester adheres to legal compliance. Verify they follow relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards during testing. 


Check for Customization

Check if the pentester offers customization services. Ensure they can tailor their testing approach to your specific needs and environment. 


Reporting Quality

Evaluate the quality of their reporting. Ensure they provide detailed, clear, and actionable reports with comprehensive findings, risk assessments, and remediation steps. 


Post-Testing Support

Ensure they offer post-testing support. Verify that they provide assistance with remediation, follow-up testing, and answering any questions after the assessment.


Evaluate Cost

Evaluate the cost of their services. Compare their pricing with industry standards and ensure it aligns with the scope and quality of work they offer.