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"Scientia potentia est (knowledge is power)"
Imam Ali (599-661 CE)
If you didn’t have access to your cell phone bill, how would you know when to reign in those long, expensive video streaming binges? If your bank didn’t give you round-the-clock online access to your credit card information, how would you know whether fraudulent charges appear in your statement? If you couldn’t check your weight on the scale at home, how would you keep track of fluctuations in weight that may give insight into your overall health? Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that. Modern technology makes it possible for you to have access to all of this data. That access helps you stay on top of the health of your finances, your body, and more. And just as you need access to all of this personal data about yourself, you need access to all of the data surrounding your testing program, too. Data Forensics, a test-security tool, is the practice of diving into your testing data and looking for inaccuracies, inconsistencies, potential incidents, and (in some cases) fraud. Data Forensics is vital for understanding the health of your program.  There’s just one problem. In order to successfully conduct Data Forensics, you need… Data. The quicker you can get your hands on it, the better. 
That’s much easier said than done. For example: You’re conducting paper-and-pencil testing across your entire state’s K-12 system. Where are you collecting incident reports? Are they mailed to you? How long after testing concludes? How long does it take to follow up on potential incidents? How long does it take to review and deliver scores to test takers? All of this data is difficult to capture, let alone capture quickly.  Now let’s say you’re conducting global online testing for an IT certification. You still may run into roadblocks when trying to access your data through your test delivery software. Sure, it’s captured quickly… but do you have permission to access it whenever you want?  Because you should.  You’ve been trusted with the responsibility to make sound decisions for your testing program. How can you do that if you aren’t armed with all of the information? After all, knowledge is power. It’s your data. It should be in your hands.  Check with your exam delivery vendor to be sure that you have unlimited access to your data. No restrictions. No middle man. It will give you the ability to run valuable analysis that will empower you to make the best decisions for your program.  Now that you know to check with your vendor to ensure you have access to your data, here are some other spicy tips for getting the most out of your detection efforts:
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The Detection + Reaction Lockbox
Allie Long, Caveon
Allie Long, Content Creator, Caveon
7 Quick Tips for Detection
Using her background in journalism, public relations, and marketing, Allie creates multimedia content across a number of platforms to engage the testing community in meaningful discussion about security, validity, integrity, and the many rivers and tributaries that spring from those topics. Since earning her Masters in Mass Communication in 2016, Allie has viewed the world of testing through number of perspectives: as an in-house certification administrator, as a proctor, as an item writer and reviewer, as a software and quality assurance tester, as a help-desk representative for technical troubleshooting, and as a marketer and content creator. These professional perspectives inform her views on the importance of test security.