The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (Links to an external site.)

computer science


To respond to various computer security breaches and perform a proper forensics investigation, it is important to ensure that tried and true tools and software are utilized. Tool testing provides a confirmation that the tool or software that you are using to perform a forensic investigation is performing the actions that you intend and nothing more.

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (Links to an external site.) has a rigorous testing program for computer forensic tools and equipment.

Assignment Instructions

Write a paper that addresses these three sections:

  1. Provide an overview of the NIST Computer Forensic Tool Testing (CFTT) program and its usefulness to computer forensic investigators.
  2. Describe in detail the work that NIST has done in testing “disk imaging” and “deleted file recovery” tools.
  3. Describe the significance and importance of the various computer forensic offerings from NIST.
  4. Visit (Links to an external site.) for additional information.

Your paper must meet the following requirements:

  • 4-5 pages in length, not including the cover page and reference page.
  • Formatted according to the  Writing and APA . Include an introduction, a body with fully developed paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • Be clearly and well written, using excellent grammar and style techniques. Be concise. Be logical. You are being graded in part on the quality of your writing.  If you need assistance with your writing style, visit the Writing Center (Links to an external site.), which is also accessible from the Library’s homepage.
  • Support your paper with at least two peer-reviewed, scholarly references. The Library is a great place to find these resources.

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