Reader beware when test results are used in marketing

In any industry, promotion and marketing are a vital part of the sales process, first attracting the attention of potential customers and then persuading them to opt for your product over those of your rivals. Test data has always been a key part of this, as the informed input of expert, independent testing organizations is often the clearest and most reliable guide to which products perform the best or are most suited to a given situation.

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AMTSO rejects baseless allegations

For the past ten years AMTSO has been a forum for both cybersecurity vendors and testers as they collaborate to improve the objectivity, quality, and transparency in security testing methodologies. Our members worked hard to produce a testing standard that we believe, if followed, provides customers with the appropriate data, context and information they need to choose their security products. Throughout the past year and a half, we’ve seen this voluntary standard embraced by many testers and vendors worldwide. We were disappointed that one of our members chose to file an antitrust lawsuit against us and other AMTSO members. We were even more surprised at their allegation that our organization… Read More

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How the AMTSO Standard can improve testing

The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) was formed in 2008 as an industry organization dedicated to improving the reliability and transparency of anti-malware testing. Since that time, we have leveraged the expertise and resources of our industry-wide membership to provide advice, guidance, and assistance in the design, implementation, and communication of testing practices.

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AMTSO comments on recent testing issues

San Francisco, California – February 18, 2017 –  Testing products in a fair and balanced way is very difficult. Product developers routinely make bold claims about the capabilities of their products. AMTSO supports the right of testers to put these claims to the test, to provide independent validation of their accuracy (or otherwise).

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The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) calls for public participation in creating standards for certification and compliance

San Francisco, California – September 6, 2016 – The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) is announcing a call for public participation in developing standards for testing anti-malware products and solutions.  These standards will be the basis for AMTSO’s certification program, which is anticipated to launch in the second calendar quarter of 2017.

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AV-Comparatives Conducts First Test Using the AMTSO Real Time Threat List

Security product testers and industry join forces to strengthen the quality of security software testing. Innsbruck, Austria – April 13, 2016 – AV-Comparatives, an independent Austrian antivirus testing lab, has conducted the first public industry test using the AMTSO Real Time Threat List (RTTL). The RTTL is a repository of malware samples collected from around the world, and is managed, maintained and secured by the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO).

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AMTSO Offers More Encouragement to Testers

The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization, an international organization that promotes improved methodologies for testing security products, announced today that its members have approved a document that offers guidelines to vendors on ways in which they can make it easier to test products accurately. The document “AMTSO Guidelines on Facilitating Testability” was initiated at the suggestion of testers and developed jointly by testers and vendors, and is available here.

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Testing and Accountability

This is a joint statement made by a number of anti-malware researchers from a number of security companies, and has been more or less simultaneously published on several vendor sites. AMTSO (the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) is a coalition of security professionals, including many antivirus product vendors, product testing organizations and publishers, and some interested individuals.

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