Firms Join to Launch Exam Provider Kryterion

Training and staffing organization Drake International, testing security company Caveon and testing and measurement agency Cito have announced an alliance that will be manifested in an entirely new enterprise. Kryterion, the name of the new organization, was launched to provide Web-based testing with considerable reach and protection of content.

Although the new company’s solutions aren’t aimed solely at IT certification programs, the founders anticipate that group being a significant part of their clientele. “IT certifications are as high-stakes as any out there,” said David Foster, CEO of Kryterion and Caveon. “The definition of high-stakes is that the outcome of the test is important and has consequences for the individual. It certainly does in IT certification exams.”

Security is crucial to the viability of any important exam delivered over the Internet, Foster said. He added that many exams—Web-proctored or not—were plagued by security problems like brain dumps and even seemingly acceptable training programs that give participants a little too much assistance in the way of exam content.

“The good news is that we’re finding out more about both of those,” he explained. “We’re also finding out more about bringing new technologies to bear on security problems in testing centers. Also, we’re understanding better what brain dumps have, how they got it and how to turn off the faucet. That greater awareness is allowing us to make some headway.”

Caveon brings security solutions such as Web Patrol and Data Forensics to Kryterion’s testing suite, Foster said. “Because a…



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