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Fit for Purpose


Fit for Purpose is a general expression which can be useful to ensure that Information Security solutions are appropriate for your organisation. Vendors will sometimes attempt to 'fit' their solution to your problem. Fit for Purpose is an expression which, when used within the solution negotiation context, places an onus of responsibility upon the vendor to ensure that its solution is (indeed) fit for the purpose which their client expects.

Example : a well known systems company contracted for the sale of their system. Inclusive in the price was one of week training in the system. During implementation it became apparent that one week for training was totally inadequate. The customer successfully claimed (prior to legal action) that the supplier's solution was inadequate and hence not fit for purpose.

When considering Information Security solutions, it is good practice to remind any potential suppliers in your requirement that the solution must be fit for purpose. See also Request For Proposal.

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