AMTSO held its latest Testing Town Hall event on September 9th 2020, featuring presentations and discussion on a wide range of testing-related topics. AMTSO members from around the world gathered by video call to listen, learn, and contribute.

The agenda for the call was as follows:
Introduction & Announcements – John Hawes (AMTSO)
Machine Learning Approach in Security Testing” – Alexander Adamov (NioGuard Security Lab)
IoT Security Testing” – Luis Corrons (Avast)
Malware Removal Test” – Dennis Batchelder (AppEsteem)

Alexander Adamov, who teaches at universities in Ukraine and Sweden and also runs AMTSO member company NioGuard Security Lab, provided a deep look at using machine-learning techniques to hone and refine various kinds of security tests. While his research was mainly from an academic angle, possibilities for real-world applications were discussed with AMTSO members.

Luis Corrons of AMTSO member Avast reviewed the state of IoT security and the need for fair and independent testing to prove the claims of product developers. AMTSO members agreed to launch a working group of subject-matter experts to develop initial guidance for testers looking to move into this new area.

Finally, Dennis Batchelder of AMTSO member AppEsteem provided a summary of plans for an upcoming malware protection test aimed at products from outside the established anti-malware industry which claim to provide protection from malware, to verify these claims and ensure users are not misled. AMTSO members provided feedback on the plans, and we expect to see this test run under AMTSO’s Testing Protocol Standard in the near future.

Slide decks and call recordings for this event are available to AMTSO members only. To find out more about becoming an AMTSO member, see our joining page. We hope to enable more public participation in future events. The next Testing Town Hall will be held on November 11th, this event will be open to all AMTSO members and also to invited guests – to register your interest in attending, please contact events@amtso.org.