The management of any assessment programs continues to be a complex, challenging task for any organization. Regardless of whether the program operates in the education, professional credentialing or IT credentialing sector, competing demands place a significant amount of stress on your program. For the program sponsor, there is a consistent need to respond to new demands and find solutions that preserve the value of your testing program while maintaining its credibility.
In our previous post, we discussed some of the issues that assessment programs consider when building a comprehensive security program. For this post, we will focus on a few key preventive strategies that programs should evaluate in the context of their needs . There are inherent risks in testing so no approach can guarantee perfect compliance and no security breaches. However, these steps can go a long way in the right direction, and are worth the time and investment involved. Although many of these components may seem self-evident, they continue to be critical activities that can significantly reduce the risk of serious security breaches.
Everyone understands the value and importance of test security. It is one of the most critical aspects of any assessment program and one that requires constant attention because of the potential damage that can be done to a program’s brand and reputation. In this post, we will review the three broad categories that are essential in any security program – prevention, detection, and enforcement – along with an overview of what can be done within each area. In future posts, we will discuss greater detail on each area, and provide specific examples as well as a discussion of some innovative solutions that organizations have developed. While these broad categories certainly contain a fair amount of overlap and dependencies across each category, it can be useful to talk about each one, because it can highlight the steps required within each.