Date created: 8/20/2003
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Welcome to the Computer Forensics Tool Testing (CFTT) Project Web Site.
There is a critical need in the law enforcement
community to ensure the reliability of computer forensic tools. The goal
of the Computer Forensic Tool Testing (CFTT) project at the National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST) is to establish a methodology for testing
computer forensic software tools by development of general tool specifications,
test procedures, test criteria, test sets, and test hardware. The results
provide the information necessary for toolmakers to improve tools, for
users to make informed choices about acquiring and using computer forensics
tools, and for interested parties to understand the tools capabilities.
A capability is required to ensure that forensic software tools consistently
produce accurate and objective test results. Our approach for testing
computer forensic tools is based on well-recognized international methodologies
for conformance testing and quality testing.
The Computer Forensics Tool Testing Project Handbook is now available in PDF format for downloading.