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The Prevention Lockbox
Z. Agatha Klaxovox, Intergalactic Test Security Specialist
Ask Agatha Peace, Prosperity, and Fair & Valid Exams
Dear Agatha,

I’m the Director of Assessments for a testing program that administers exams globally. We have a strong security plan in place for detecting anomalies in our exam data, and for locating our items on the Internet if they are leaked. These detection measures serve us well; however, we’re beginning to ask ourselves: “What more can we do to prevent security threats before they arise?” Agatha, even though you are not from Earth, your extraterrestrial wisdom has helped me and my colleagues immensely. So please, tell us what we should do to have stronger prevention!

Truth Seeker in Texas
Dear Truth Seeker,

You are correct; I am not from Earth, but I’d like to think that we are all the same regardless of which state, nation, or galaxy we live in. From Texas to Andromeda, all beings want the same thing: Peace, prosperity … and fair and valid exams! Regarding your astute question about prevention, follow these three easy steps, and you will be off to a super-cosmic start unrolling a stellar prevention plan in your program:
1. Identify Threats
Begin by identifying the threats that pose the greatest risk to your program. This way, you will be able to tailor specific preventative methods to curtail the most pressing threats your program faces. A useful Security Threat Risk Assessment can be found here.
2. Implement Prevention Measures
Once you’ve identified threats, begin implementing measures to prevent those threats. If, for example, your program is struggling with the Cheating Threat of Examinees Memorizing Test Questions to be Recalled Later, consider preventing this threat by rotating forms more frequently or, better yet, taking advantage of SmartItems™, which are built to be everchanging and everlasting. Sure, these items don’t protect against mind reading—an issue we face in our galaxy—but they thwart the various cheating threats you earthlings are experiencing.
3. Assess Efficacy of Prevention Measures
Once you have implemented your prevention measures based on threats, you should assess their efficacy and continue to monitor for new threats to your program.

I wish you well, Truth Seeker. Aliens far and wide support your noble quest for exam validity.

Ask Agatha is an advice column written by Z. Agatha Klaxovox. Agatha is an intergalactic test security specialist who is only too happy to offer advice on what we should be doing here on earth. To submit a question to Ask Agatha, email Questions will remain 100% confidential.
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