Here are some news stories, press releases and blog posts covering AMTSO and related testing matters.

For AMTSO’s own press releases, see our press releases page.

2018

Sophos proudly supports anti-malware testing standards” – Sophos corporate blog, June 2018

AMTSO Announces Full Adoption of Testing Protocol Standard” – AMTSO Press Release, May 2018

How We Collect Malware for Hands-On Antivirus Testing” – Neil Rubenking, PCMag, May 2018

AMTSO Testing Standards: Why You Should Demand Them” – Mark Kennedy, Symantec “Expert Perspectives” blog, May 2018

Are you buying solid protection or snake oil?” – Simon Edwards, SE Labs blog, May 2018

Anti-Malware testing needs standards, and testers need to adopt them” – Tony Anscombe, ESET “WeLiveSecurity” blog, April 2018

Antimalware Testing is Hard, Disputing a Flawed Test is Even Harder” – Randy Abrams, Webroot blog, March 2018

Interview: Jason Brvenik, CTO, NSS LabsDan Raywood, Infosecurity Magazine, March 2018

Dynamic application security testing, honeypots hunt malware” – Excerpt from the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, fourth edition (ed. Adam Gordon), published by SearchSecurity.TechTarget.com (free registration required), February 2018

2017

Product Testing: Simulation, dissimulation, exasperationDavid Harley, ESET “WeLiveSecurity” blog, October 2017

Transparency In Third-Party Testing” – Hyrum Anderson, EndGame blog post, August 2017

InSecurity: Simon Edwards on AMTSO AV Testing Standards” – Cylance podcast with Shaun Walsh, August 2017

Testing, marketing, and rummaging in the FUD banks” – David Harley, ESET “WeLiveSecurity” blog, June 2017

What makes for truly independent security product testing?” – Bill Brenner, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, February 2017

2016

Endpoint Security Wars: Is Peace Breaking Out?” – Kevin Townsend, SecurityWeek, October 2016

The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) calls for public participation in creating standards for certification and compliance” – AMTSO press release, September 2016

AV-Comparatives Conducts Second Test Using the AMTSO Real Time Threat List” – AV-Comparatives press release, July 2016

Inside The Competitive Testing Battlefield of Endpoint Security” – Kevin Townsend, SecurityWeek, July 2016

A Bomb Just Dropped in Endpoint Security… And I’m Not Sure Anyone Noticed” – Alex Eckelberry, personal blog, May 2016

Maintaining a healthy community” – VirusTotal blog, May 2016

AV-Comparatives Testing with AMTSO List” – David Harley, Anti-Malware Testing blog, April 2016

2015

Signatures, product testing, and the lingering death of AV” – David Harley, ESET “WeLiveSecurity” blog, August 2015

Independent AV testing in 2014: interesting results!” – Eugene Kaspersky, Nota Bene blog, March 2015

2014

Symantec calls antivirus ‘doomed’ as security giants fight for survival” – Zack Whittaker, ZDNet, May 2014

Symantec: Antivirus is ‘DEAD’ – no longer ‘a moneymaker’” – Ian Thompson, The Register, May 2014

Symantec Develops New Attack on Cyberhacking” – Danny Yadron, Wall Street Journal, May 2014

2013

Are anti-virus testers measuring the right things?” – John Hawes, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, November 2013

Is your anti-malware software doing its job?” – Mark Wycislik-Wilson, BetaNews, June 2013

MAJOR ANTIVIRUS COMPANIES FAIL ANTI-MALWARE TESTING STANDARDS ORGANIZATION NEWS RELEASEMspPortal blog, June 2013

AMTSO unveils product setup check tools” – John Hawes, Virus Bulletin blog, June 2013

Check your anti-virus product here” – Infosecurity Magazine, June 2013

Is Your Antivirus Working?” – Neil Rubenking, PC Mag, June 2013

Two telemetry projects should mean better testing and fewer false alarms” – John Hawes, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, May 2013

How to Read Antivirus Comparisons” – Serge Malenkovich, Kaspersky Lab blog, May 2013

How to measure the biggest and most dangerous threats” – John Hawes, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, May 2013

How to rate a comparative anti-virus test – a six-step guide” – John Hawes, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, April 2013

How do you know if an anti-virus test is any good?” – John Hawes, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, April 2013

2012

Is anti-virus dead, yet again?Dan Raywood, SC Magazine, December 2012

AV Testing, AMTSO and EICAR” – David Harley, ESET “WeLiveSecurity” blog, May 2012

Comparative anti-malware tests: the RIGHT way to do them” – Gabor Szappanos, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, April 2012

2011

The Holy Grail of AV Testing, and Why It Will Never Be Found” – Eugene Kaspersky, Nota Bene blog, October 2011

Benchmarking Without Weightings: Like a Burger Without a Bun” – Eugene Kaspersky, Nota Bene blog, September 2011

Shadowserver’s new anti-virus test suite – how good is it?” – Kevin Townsend, personal blog, September 2011

AMTSO, the anti-malware testing standards organization, opens up” – Kevin Townsend, personal blog, April 2011

2010

AMTSO publishes guidelines for false positive testing” – SC Magazine, December 2010

Once More ‘Round the AMTSO Wheel of Pain” – David Harley, SecurityWeek, November 2010

Claims that anti-virus detections are inadequate are dismissed by vendorsDan Raywood, SC Magazine, August 2010

So what is the concern about the AMTSO, and why is it not being welcomed globally?” – Dan Raywood, SC Magazine blog, August 2010

Who watches the watchers?” – Lysa Myers, SC Magazine, July 2010

New AV Product Testing Methods Stir Debate” – Kelly Jackson Higgins, DarkReading, July 2010

Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization: a dissenting viewKevin Townsend, personal blog, June 2010

AMTSO: a serious attempt to clean up anti-malware testing; or just a great big con?Kevin Townsend, personal blog, June 2010

Guidelines released for antivirus testsJeremy Kirk, ComputerWorld, June 2010

Anti-Malware Testing – Industry Insight” – David Harley, SecurityWeek, June 2010

Anti-virus is a Poor Substitute for Common Sense” – Brian Krebs, Krebs on Security, June 2010

AMTSO moves to testing changes with new guidelines” – SC Staff, SC Magazine, June 2010

2009

AMTSO members summit covers controversial issues” – Virus Bulletin blog, October 2009

AMTSO – The herding of the cats continues” – Andrew Lee, Avien blog, October 2009

AMTSO at its most controversial” – Stuart Taylor, Naked Security blog, October 2009

What is the AMTSO?” – Neil Rubenking, PC Mag, September 2009

Let telemetry be your guide, a proposal for security tests…” – Microsoft Windows Security blog, July 2009

AMTSO should be welcomed for reviews announcement but some will see it as a threat” – Dan Raywood, SC Magazine, May 2009

AMTSO to do public analysis of anti-malware software reviews” – Dan Raywood, SC Magazine, May 2009

AMTSO meets again to discuss better testing” – Virus Bulletin blog, February 2009

2008

AMTSO conference generates new documents” – Stuart Taylor, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, November 2008

AMTSO standardises security software testing” – Anthony Savvas, Computer Weekly, November 2008

AMTSO publishes guidelines on testingSC Staff, SC Magazine, November 2008

Jaw jaw at RSA Europe and AMTSO” – Graham Cluley, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, October 2008

AMTSO releases draft guidelines for public comment” – Virus Bulletin blog, August 2008

Security experts gather in Europe” – Virus Bulletin blog, May 2008

Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization created” – Matthew Humphries, Geek.com, February 2008

Antivirus companies aim to set standards for testing” – Peter Sayer, ComputerWorld, February 2008

Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization” – Stuart King, Computer Weekly, February 2008

New security software testing standards body formed” – Virus Bulletin blog, February 2008

International group pushing for anti-malware testing standardDan Kaplan, SC Magazine, February 2008

AMTSO” – Stuart Taylor, Sophos “Naked Security” blog, February 2008

Member Companies Comment on Taking First Steps Towards Forming Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO)” – AMTSO press release, February 2008

2007

Group will develop antivirus testing guidelines by early next year” – Jeremy Kirk, ComputerWorld, December 2007