AMTSO publishes guidelines on testing

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The anti-malware testing standards organisation (AMTSO) has published its testing guidelines.

The anti-malware testing standards organisation (AMTSO) has published its testing guidelines.


Members of the AMTSO have published guidelines that set recognised standards for testing security software. The standards have been developed and agreed to, by more than 40 security experts, product testers and members of the media from around the world.


The organisation claims that as anti-malware solutions become more complex, many existing tests are unable to evaluate product effectiveness properly, resulting in product reviews that are sometimes incomplete, inaccurate and misleading.


It sees the adoption of standards and guidelines as the first stage in an initiative in which members of the industry are collaborating with testers, reviewers and the media in the production of advice that will help customers make better-informed buying decisions.


The guideline documents are named as ‘The Fundamental Principles of Testing' and ‘Best Practices for Dynamic Testing.' Members of AMTSO believe that the new, unified approach will ultimately benefit computer users who use product reviews and other test results to help choose internet security software.


Adoption of the standards by testers and publications will be voluntary, and AMTSO plans to eventually provide public feedback on the level of compliance with such standards, and to help assess the quality of published product reviews.





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