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AMTSO welcomes NSS Labs decision to dismiss its lawsuit

Today AMTSO learned that NSS Labs has applied to have its lawsuit against AMTSO and several AMTSO members dismissed. A statement from NSS Labs is available here. “While AMTSO welcomes NSS Lab’s decision to dismiss, its actions were disruptive, expensive, and without merit,” said Ian McShane, AMTSO Board Member and Senior Director of Security Products at Elastic. “However, we agree with its statement that ‘sunshine is the best disinfectant,’ and we’re looking forward to NSS Labs re-joining AMTSO, and to its voluntary participation in standard-based testing. We believe this will give customers a greater assurance that the tests were conducted fairly.”

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Reader beware when test results are used in marketing

Responsible test labs aim to provide reports which are fair, clear, and balanced. But when test data is referenced by vendor marketing, there are many ways it can be manipulated. In this post, AMTSO looks at some ways this manipulation can be done, and stands firmly against the misrepresentation of test results for marketing purposes.

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AMTSO rejects baseless allegations

AMTSO’s President responds to antitrust allegations leveled against the organization, and explains why the AMTSO Testing Protocol Standard provides transparency and openness, shining a light on any bias or conflict of interest in tests.

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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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Is your Android anti-malware solution working?

San Francisco – 26 February 2014 – AMTSO, The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization announces an extension to its popular feature check solution allowing users of Android anti-malware security products to test whether their product is configured correctly to stop the many different types of attacks.

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Is your anti-malware solution working?

San Francisco – 4 June, 2013 – AMTSO, The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization announces a feature check solution for users of endpoint anti-malware security products allowing them to test whether their product is configured correctly to stop the many different types of attacks.

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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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