Solution Validation

Representing Certified Best-of-Breed Solutions

One of the things that sets Critical Start apart is the continued evaluation of industry-leading and bleeding-edge products. Translating this into value for customers requires technical personnel to stay informed on overall changes in the security landscape, changes to specific product verticals, and changes to specific products.

When it comes to technology manufacturers, most resellers cast a wide net, representing every product in the market. At Critical Start, we represent only best-of-breed solutions and technologies we can stand behind.

To ensure we’re recommending technology that provides value, we begin with a Solution Validation process which enables us to be confident that the solutions we suggest meet the high standards we have for our customers.

As part of our criteria development process, we perform hands-on testing to evaluate:

  • Comparative Differentiators
  • Unique Differentiators
  • Management Requirements

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Evaluation Criteria

The security tool market is constantly evolving to keep up with a continuing stream of new threats. Solutions that address these threats must be assessed using benefits evaluation and use cases.

Below is an overview of the evaluation criteria Critical Start uses to ensure we’re making the best recommendations to our customers.

  • Company – A background of the organization, its founders, and the problem it is attempting to solve.
  • Solution Architecture – The physical and logical deployment options of the solution.
  • Operations – Workflow, integrations, and operational overhead considerations that should be considered to make the solution work for the organization.
  • Comparative Differentiators – Features and functionality that similar products have, but may vary in how they’re executed.
  • Unique Differentiators – Features and functionality that a product possesses, that its competitors do not.
  • Use Cases – Common scenarios that the product would be used for, where the workflow and operational efficiency can be rated.

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