Forensic Tool Testing

In an effort to enhance its support for law enforcement at the state and local level, NW3C participates in the National Institute for Science and Technology’s (NIST) Computer Forensics Tool Testing (CFTT) steering committee.

There is a critical need in the law enforcement community to ensure the reliability of computer forensic tools. The goal of CFTT is to establish a methodology for testing computer forensic software by developing general specifications and testing procedures, criteria and hardware. The forensic tool testing committee determines which tools need to be studied. The results of those tests are reviewed by the steering committee and software vendors. NIST posts software support information online, while the National Institute of Justice posts the testing report.

NW3C is the only member of the CFTT that is not a federal law enforcement agency.

Download: Computer Forensics Tool Testing Handbook (PDF / 545KB)

About NIST

Founded in 1901, the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.  
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