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How does the CMITS Third Party Assessment Service work?

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The Assessment Service considers the likely impact of both the initial installation and ongoing operation of the third party product within the C2k Network environment. It will confirm that the product can be successfully implemented and determine any system and network configuration or account privileges required. It will also seek to identify any operational incompatibility or security risks as a result of the implementation of the product.

Third party products submitted for assessment are assigned an Assessment Category. This assignment is dependent on the type and architecture of the product to be assessed and considers factors such as where it is to be implemented, what account types and privileges are required, integration and data exchange with other systems, LAN, WAN and Internet connectivity etc. Further detail on the Assessment Categories is available here

The Assessment Service consists of both Initial Assessment and Full Assessment phases. The Initial Assessment phase is designed to determine any fundamental issues or risks with the third party product that would prevent it from being implemented within the C2k Network as quickly and effectively as possible. The Initial Assessment requires the third party product to be installed within the CMITS Development and Testing environment. This environment closely resembles the current C2k Network and allows the third party product to be assessed against a pre-defined set of checks and tests. The checks and tests are designed to quickly determine any fundamental issues or risks with the third party product that would prevent it from being installed within the C2k Network. If the third party product successfully completes the Initial Assessment, it will then be subjected to the Full Assessment that contains additional tests and checks that will be carried out including the implementation within the individual CMITS Quality Assurance (QA) and Pre-Production Model (PRD Model) environments.

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