New Company Formed to Detect and Prevent

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Certification vendors and other testing programs can spend tens of thousands of dollars and nearly a year of development time to create a test, so when piracy undermines the value of the exam, the test programs feel the pain. In response to an increasing number of cases of cheating and piracy of exams, industry experts have formed a new company, Caveon, a testing security services and technology company. Caveon will offer services in detecting and preventing cheating and piracy.




Ron Hambleton, chairperson of the Research and Evaluation Methods Program and co-director of the Center for Educational Assessment at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, called the formation of the new company “the beginning of the end for test cheaters and thieves.” He explained that although computerized tests and the Internet has improved the quality and convenience of testing, they have also led to increased cheating. “Caveon will address this need by helping organizations design secure testing programs, which extend the life cycle of their tests, and by providing the means to protect the integrity and value of existing tests for decision making,” said Hambleton.




David Foster, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Caveon and a member of CertMag’s editorial advisory board, explained that the new company’s mission is “to provide testing programs with some new defenses in the fight against test cheating and piracy.” He said that this fight requires “creative technology and focused service.”




Services offered by Caveon to the testing industry include investigative services, security audits, data forensics, Web patrolling, secure services and legal support. For example, Caveon could use data forensics to monitor data from a test to uncover anomalies in response patterns, which might indicate fraud. Through Web patrolling, Caveon can uncover unauthorized disclosures of test information—in brain-dump sites, for example.




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