Definitions Edit

Forensics Edit

A false positive is "[i]ncorrectly classifying benign activity as malicious."[1]

Security Edit

A false positive is

Overview Edit

"Every false positive also has an opportunity cost; that is, it is associated with a waste of resources — precious investigative or analytical resources that are expended in the investigation of a innocent individual. In addition, false positives put pressure on officials to justify the expenditure of such resources, and such pressures may also lead to abuses against innocent individuals."[5]

References Edit

  1. NIST Special Publication 800-86, at C-1.
  2. NIST Special Publication 800-61 (rev. 1), Glossary, at D-1.
  3. NIST Special Publication 800-150, at 59.
  4. The Use of Commercial Data to Reduce False Positives in Screening Programs, at 2 n.3.
  5. Protecting Individual Privacy in the Struggle Against Terrorists: A Framework for Program Assessment, at 40.

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