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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Member Companies Comment on Taking First Steps Towards Forming Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO)

BILBAO, SPAIN – February 4, 2008 – ALWIL Software The testing of antimalware products has become a very complex task, which requires significant time, knowledge and financial and human resources. Even with such resources, often, the results of antimalware product tests can be questionable. We believe that AMTSO will be able to provide support and guidance to anti-malware product testers on a global basis, particularly through promulgation of testing methodology, experience and advice. We are inspired that so many antimalware companies have joined together through AMTSO to improve the quality of product testing in general, to ultimately provide consumers with accurate and reliable information. — Pavel Baudis, ALWIL Software

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SECURITY SOFTWARE INDUSTRY TAKES FIRST STEPS TOWARDS FORMING ANTI-MALWARE TESTING STANDARDS ORGANIZATION

Parties converge to address objectivity, quality and relevance of current anti-malware testing methodologies Bilbao, Spain – February 4, 2008 – More than 40 security software technologists and anti-malware testers from around the world recently met in Bilbao, Spain to formalize the charter of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization, or AMTSO.

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