The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO™) is an international non-profit association that focuses on addressing the global need for improvement in the objectivity, quality and relevance of anti-malware testing methodologies.

AMTSO’s Purpose and Charter

AMTSO is a mutual benefit non-profit organization that was founded in 2008 to improve the business conditions related to the development, use, testing and rating of anti-malware products and solutions. Any individual or entity that is genuinely dedicated to the purposes of AMTSO is welcome to join this organization.

AMTSO’s charter focuses on the following four areas:

  • Providing a forum for discussions related to the testing of anti-malware and related products.
  • Developing and publicizing objective standards and best practices for testing of anti-malware and related products.
  • Promoting education and awareness of issues related to the testing of anti-malware and related products.
  • Providing tools and resources to aid standards-based testing methodologies.

Who are AMTSO members?

AMTSO membership is open to academics, reviewers, publications, testers and vendors, subject to guidelines determined by AMTSO. See our list of member organizations, and check out our video on why companies and organizations join AMTSO:

You can find more information on joining AMTSO on our joining page.

What does AMTSO do?

The main current focus of AMTSO is the development and implementation of official Standards for fair, open and trustworthy testing of security solutions. You can find out more about our Standards project on the Standards page.

Alongside the Standards, we continue to develop and publish detailed guidelines and best practices documents covering various important issues in testing. We also operate free tools for users to check their security products are properly configured – the AMTSO Security Features Check (SFC).

For our members, we hold regular meetings in locations around the globe to debate the latest issues facing both testers and developers of security products, and run a mailing list and forum where breaking topics can be discussed. We also maintain the Real Time Threat List (RTTL), a live feed of the latest and most prevalent malware samples with attached telemetry data to allow for focused testing.

Who runs AMTSO?

AMTSO’s activities are overseen by a Board of Directors elected by and from the AMTSO membership. An Executive Team combining volunteers and paid professionals carries out the day-to-day running of the organization. Major issues are frequently referred to the membership for approval by vote. AMTSO also has an Advisory Board of trusted industry experts. You can find more details about the team behind AMTSO here.