Posted by: David Harley | May 20, 2018

Symantec on AMTSO and testing standards

I worked with Symantec’s Mark Kennedy for some time when I was on the AMTSO Board of Directors. He knows much more than most about the organization and product testing in general, and this is an excellent and informative article: AMTSO Testing Standards: Why You Should Demand Them – “When it comes to security product testing, a good test in one context can turn out to be meaningless in another.”

David Harley

Posted by: David Harley | April 14, 2018

Fairness and ethical testing

ESET’s Tony Anscombe looks at some contentious issues in product testing: fairness, level playing fields, ethical testing.

Anti-Malware testing needs standards, and testers need to adopt them “A closer look at Anti-Malware tests and the sometimes unreliable nature of the process.”

A good summary, and a useful reminder of the work that AMTSO is doing, but it’s a shame that after all these years we still need to keep making these points.

David Harley

Posted by: David Harley | April 4, 2018

AMTSO – the new look

To be honest, it’s so long since I looked at the AMTSO site I can’t altogether remember what its last incarnation looked like… However, it does have a sparkling new(-ish) look, if you’re interested.

I took a quick look at the list of current members. Strangely, the contentious TestMyAV site no longer seems to be there, though parent company Cognition still seems to be. If you’re wondering why the site is contentious, this paper gives some attention to the debate.

David Harley

Posted by: David Harley | March 31, 2018

AV-Comparatives, Android test, and (in)security apps

The AV-Comparatives Android Test Report pays particular attention to ‘security apps’ that don’t actually offer appreciable or even any security.

[Also flagged on Mac Virus]

Posted by: David Harley | February 5, 2018

Latest test reports from SE Labs

I haven’t examined these latest reports in detail, but SE Labs testing is better than most.

See the introductory article here: Hacked! Will your anti-malware protect you from targeted attacks?

Simon Edwards says:

“In this test we’ve included indiscriminate, public attacks that come at victims from the web and via email, but we’ve also included some devious targeted attacks to see how well-protected potential victims would be.”

David Harley

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