How much should I charge for a Security upgrade

Posted on 2011-10-02
    Last Modified: 2013-12-02
    Hi all, hopefully you can help me here:

    My office is getting more security conscious after a recent break in and several others in the area.

    They all run windows XP / Vista (unfortunately =/) and / Windows 7

    We also have a lnux server.

    I 5 windows systems and the linux system will need to be upgraded to a security conscious design (encrypted partitions  + backups)

    How much should I charge to get it all done? I have a feeling it will probably be about 10 hours (reinstalling the 5 windoze machines) and configuring them.

    Any tips for me as well?
    Question by:themrrobert
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      Figure out what you think it will take and double it.  What kind of breakins?
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      Well  a few months ago our outer window got smashed (and also the office down the hall) and they came in and stole the computers. This left us in a bad position as the NAS was also stolen and we had to start over.

      Now we find out that apparently it may have been someone who used to work here, and apparently (this person also worked at several other offices in the area, they all got robbed as well, but their off the grid so-to-speak) they are with some biker street gang, I can't remember which one.

      Now they've got it down, they smash, enter (wearing masks) and take the hardware. They obviously have someone who is able to pull data off a drive even when the os is pw protected (but not the disk data), so now I'd like to make everything more secure.

      It won't cost me much to do it, except time. Unfortunately the boss and staff are unwilling to migrate to linux, but their os's are modern enough to encrypt their personal data which is where most of the proprietary information is stored, so theoretically, I should only need to go into the user preferences and make all the home directories private + encrypted. This could all be done in a single evening, but as we know, it rarely goes according to plan.
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      DaveBaldwin's advice really is spot-on. Figure your hourly rate, the time, then double the time. It works for me.
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      Thanks all :)

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