Test Development for Voting Systems
NIST and Test Development
The test suites address human factors, security and core functionality requirements for voting systems as specified in the VVSG. Use of the public test suites will produce consistent results and promote transparency of the testing process. The test suites can also assist manufacturers in the development of conforming products by providing precise test specifications. Also, they can help reduce the cost of testing since each test lab would no longer need to develop its own test suites. Finally, a uniform set of public test suites can increase election officials' and voters' confidence that voting systems conform to VVSG requirements.
The test suites have been made available for initial review to subject matter experts inside and outside of NIST, including Voting System Testing Laboratories (VSTLs) the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), and the EAC. The test materials are now available here for public review:
NIST has extensive experience in developing test suites for a variety of different standards and technologies as diverse as electronic commerce, healthcare and national defense. NIST developed test suites including: XML, the key web standard for enabling electronic commerce, SQL database standard and several graphics standards. NIST is also developing test suites to implement the Nationwide Health Information Network. The test suites address the core functionality of these systems as defined in the applicable standards. More information on NIST's test development efforts is available here.
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