Posted by: David Harley | August 24, 2017

Cylance podcast with Simon Edwards on AMTSO standards

Cylance’s Shaun Edwards and Matt Stephenson in discussion with independent tester Simon Edwards, who is Director of SE Labs and Chairman of the AMTSO Board. Though the Cylance blog article is dated August 14th 2017, it sounds to me as if the podcast was recorded some months ago. Interesting, and the Cylance guys are fairly restrained about playing the so-called ‘next-gen’ card. 🙂

InSecurity: Simon Edwards on AMTSO AV Testing Standards

David Harley


Posted by: David Harley | August 8, 2017

AV-Comparatives Mac Security Review

AV-C’s Mac Security Test and Review report, July 2017:

Mac Reviews / Tests

Includes testing of the following:

Avast Mac Security
AVG AntiVirus for Mac
Avira Antivirus Pro for Mac
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
BitMedic AntiVirus
ESET Cyber Security Pro
Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9
Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac
Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete

David Harley

Posted by: David Harley | August 6, 2017

Virus Bulletin 2017 – a small announcement

As I’m not generally very active personally in testing these days, I don’t usually toot my own trumpet here. But I thought I’d mention that Virus Bulletin recently announced some of its VB2017 small talks and reserve papers, including the ‘small talk’ in which I’m participating at this year’s Virus Bulletin conference.

I’ll be presenting my paper on ‘The (testing) world upside down‘, which will be followed by a more general audience discussion of testing issues led by AMTSO Chief Operations Officer John Hawes.

The conference programme as it currently stands is available here.

David Harley

Posted by: David Harley | July 10, 2017

SE Labs on Effective AV

In my previous (very brief) post I was mildly critical of AV-Test for publishing a comparative review of OS X Sierra products without much in the way of information about methodology. Of course, there are lots of tests that don’t describe their methodology well, if at all, but I tend to expect better of testers who are also AMTSO members, who in principle subscribe to the The same complaint can rarely, if ever, be made about Simon Edwards, who is not only an excellent tester, but frequently writes informed commentary about testing and other security topics.

For example, this article on the SE Labs blog on Can anti-malware be 100 per cent effective? goes some way to answering the question ‘How can testing be any use when they only use a tiny percentage of all the malware that’s out there?’ 🙂 Maybe not all the way there.

But there are links to some very thorough reports.

David Harley 

Posted by: David Harley | July 10, 2017

AV-Test – OS X comparative test

Here’s a comparative rarity (pun intended): a comparative test of OS X products.

This one is from AV-Test: 10 Antivirus Suites for MacOS Sierra Put to the Test

Not much detail on methodology, though.

David Harley

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