Security industry to form testing standard for anti-malware products

The security software industry has taken the first steps towards forming a standard for testing anti-malware products.

The security software industry has taken the first steps towards forming a standard for testing anti-malware p...


More than 40 security software firms and anti-malware testers from around the world recently met in Bilbao, Spain to formalise the charter of the fledgling Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organisation, or AMTSO.

The formation of AMTSO has been driven by industry-wide concern about the increasing mismatch between what anti-malware technologies actually do, and the testing methodologies used to evaluate them.

As anti-malware systems become more complex, many existing tests are unable to evaluate product effectiveness properly, resulting in "product reviews that are sometimes incomplete, inaccurate and misleading," claimed AMTSO.

AMTSO is focused on addressing the "global need for improvement in the objectivity, quality and relevance of testing methodologies".

The organisation also aims to promulgate universally adopted standards and guidelines for anti-malware testing.

Hosted by Panda Security, the meeting in Bilbao included representatives from leading companies and testing organisations, including:

- ALWIL Software

- AV-Comparatives


- AVG Technologies

- Avira GmbH

- Bit9

- BitDefender

- Dr. Web, Ltd.


- F-Secure Corporation

- G DATA Software

- Hispasec Sistemas

- International Business Machines Corporation

- Kaspersky Lab

- McAfee, Inc.

- Microsoft Corp.

- Norman ASA

- Panda Security

- PC Tools

- Sana Security

- Secure Computing

- Sophos Plc

- Symantec Corporation

- Trend Micro Incorporated

- Virusbuster Ltd.



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