'Confidential' Security Product Pricing Revealed

Author: John Honovich, Published on Nov 25, 2012

When preparing a security project, one of the first questions is: "How much will this cost?" Tighter budgets restrict organizations all the time. Cost is often,for better or for worse, a prime factor in decisions. For this reason, price lists are often desired to ensure the lowest costs are achieved.

Industry manufacturers, however, generally do not make pricing publicly available. If the public has no idea what an item should cost, based on MSRP pricing, their dealers may mark up hardware and software to whatever level they choose. One way end users across all segments can get a better idea of pricing is to utilize publicly available pricing from purchasing agreements, such as the US government's General Services Administration (more commonly referred to as the GSA).

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