Keynote Speaker: Mark Poole

The Future of Secure Testing in a Digital World

The world of testing is undergoing a seismic shift, so the days of the bubble sheet and # 2 pencil may be numbered. The transition to digital opens up exciting new opportunities for educational and social transformation, but is there also a dark underside? Mr. Poole will highlight five key trends that are shaping the next decade of testing and promise to radically alter the way we think about test integrity: a global cheating culture, high tech test fraud, testing anywhere securely, candidate authentication, and data forensics.


Mark Poole is a Product Strategist and Security Expert at Pearson VUE, where he works with business leadership, customers, and technology innovators to understand market needs and help translate these into product strategy and technology roadmaps. Mark's special focus is on test security, data protection, and credentialing, having guided the evolution of Pearson VUE's Secure Testing Framework™, which incorporates data security, secure proctored delivery, global identity management, compliance management, and other strategic security initiatives. He has worked closely with major testing programs to help guide the planning, development, and continuous improvement of their test security and data protection programs. Mark is an active participant in the ATP Security Initiative and previously chaired subcommittees on the Council for Secure Testing and the IT Certification Security Council. He has more than two decades of experience in the information technology, security, and testing industries and holds multiple board certifications in information security management and data privacy.