Some marketing-oriented stream of consciousness for our friend Vivek...
There certainly is a lot of demand in North America for information security
consultants who can ensure networks containing personal and private
information are secure (that is, essentially, why companies conduct Pen
Test's). This demand continues to grow and could work to your advantage:
many of the larger international corporations are expanding their labour
forces abroad to include massive outsourcing arrangements in countries like
With that in mind, I would suggest you look into the privacy laws of those
organizations who are outsourcing. For example: in Canada there are huge
penalties for privacy violations mandated by the government (PIPEDA). In
the States accountancy standards have just been expanded to include
information security (Sarbanes Oxley).
You may be able to capitalize on those outsourcing arrangements, because
despite the fact that much of the work is subcontracted, those companies are
still liable to their home country's privacy standards!
Good luck with your venture Vivek!
Information Risk Analyst
***PLEASE DONTATE MONEY FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE ASIAN TSUNAMI***
- The Canadian Gov will match Canadian citizen's donations until January
From: Schisler Isaiah [mailto:***@bah.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 12:18 PM
Subject: RE: How to start a Pen Test Consultancy ?
As mentioned before http://www.isecom.org is great place for open
source pen-testing information and should be able to answer most of the
questions that you've posed.
One thing that you did forget to mention and will definitely need to be
covered before doing any penetration testing is legal documentation
(i.e. non-disclosure agreement, liability insurance, etc.). The owner of
the business your trying to sell your service to is not going to just
let anybody come on the network and start doing whatever they want to
it. It may be easier to hire a lawyer that specializes in documents like
that, or you can invest the time to do the research yourself. But you
definitely want to have you're butt covered before you start pen-testing
From: ***@yahoo.co.in [mailto:***@yahoo.co.in]
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 11:49 PM
Subject: How to start a Pen Test Consultancy ?
Hi All !
I am thinking of starting my own Pen Test consultancy.
Though i can (arguably ;-) ) say that i am quite adept
at penetration testing and ethical hacking, i am not
aware of a "standardised technique" to conduct an audit.
I would appreciate if someone can give me some pointers
on this. If i break up my earliar question into smaller
ones...i'd like to know the following :
1. What tests to conduct ?
what all to check ? servers, routers, switches, applications, social
2. Time Span ?
The ideal time span a pen tester should take to
conduct an audit ?
3. What if my audit leads to a dos on their website ?
i.e what are the do's and dont's when conducting
an audit on a live system ? best practises ?
legal stuff ?
4. Pen test report ?
what to include and what not ?
5. Money ;-) ?
How to determine a monetory equivalent for the
pen test conducted ? i.e how to bill the
customer ?? etc
6. If you can think of anything essential i missed
out ....please add !
I know i am almost asking you guys to write an "essay"
but i am sure this will be of help to lots of other
ppl who would one day like to start something of their
Thanks in advance !
(flames >> /dev/null)