Posted by: David Harley | June 22, 2018

Updated anti-malware testing resources page

I’ve just been doing some extensive spring-cleaning on the ‘Testing Resources‘ page on this site. It doesn’t tell you what anti-malware/security products you should be buying – since I work closely with a commercial security vendor, that would be pretty flaky – but it does point to a (very) few tester sites that I think are reasonably reliable, and includes a lot of links to papers and articles that are currently available.

I may add one or two others in due course. I’m tempted to name and shame some of the really bad ones, but I’m not sure I need any more garbage testers shouting in my ear at my time of life.

David Harley

Posted by: David Harley | May 30, 2018

AMTSO standards – recent press releases

AMTSO has issued press releases – AMTSO Membership Approves Major Step Forward in Testing Standards and AMTSO Announces Full Adoption of Testing Protocol Standard – following the approval by a majority of AMTSO members of its Draft Standards and authorization of a working group at the recent AMTSO meeting.

No information at present on exactly how the voting went, which I’d have liked to have seen in the interests of transparency.

David Harley

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

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