AMTSO to do public analysis of anti-malware software reviews

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The anti-malware testing standards organisation (AMTSO) is to provide public analysis of anti-malware reviews.

The anti-malware testing standards organisation (AMTSO) is to provide public analysis of anti-malware reviews.


It has said that the analysis will be done by comparing the testing methodology used in product reviews, to AMTSO's standards for anti-malware testing. The goal of the analysis will be to provide consumers with information on the accuracy and reliability of product reviews, and to improve the overall quality of anti-malware testing.


AMTSO board member Andrew Lee of K7 Computing claimed that testing the performance of anti-malware solutions ‘in-the-cloud' is an important paradigm shift from the traditional methods of testing.


Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, claimed that it was important due to poor quality reviews being done of anti-virus software in the past because testing security software is notoriously hard - and it's easy to make an elementary blunder and come to the wrong conclusions.


“It's important to note that there isn't a conspiracy here, and AMTSO isn't run by a particular anti-virus company. All the major anti-malware companies (and quite a few you've probably never heard of), as well as respected independent testing bodies, participate in AMTSO,” said Cluley.


“I, for one, am really interested to see what comes out of this and am hopeful that the whole security community (including testers, vendors and users) will be served by experts coming together with this initiative.”



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