AMTSO’s Standards project aims to develop and implement the first ever set of official Standards for anti-malware testing. The project is maintained and run by the Standards Working Group (SWG), a team of volunteers from within the AMTSO membership including representatives of security product vendors and expert testing labs. All public information on the Standards project is available from these pages.

Why do we need Standards?

You can find out more about the need for Standards in our video:

Current Status

During the December 2017 meeting of the AMTSO membership, held in Beijing, China, the membership reviewed the progress of the Standards project, including the Operational Pilot running over the previous six months, and voted to move the process forward to the next level. A new draft (v6.1) of the Draft Standard document is now officially adopted, and the SWG and the AMTSO team are now authorized to open up the ongoing process of trialing the Standard to public scrutiny and review in the form of a public pilot.

You can find the approved Draft Standard here (PDF – opens in new tab). Details of the tests being monitored for compliance with the Draft Standard will be linked to from this page as the pilot progresses.

Review the latest Draft Standard

We welcome input on the Standards project from anyone interested in security testing, both within and outside the AMTSO membership. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for the SWG team, you can use our Standards Change Request Form, or just send an email to

Contact List

As part of the Standards, AMTSO has undertaken to maintain a comprehensive Contact List system, enabling testers and vendors to open lines of communication on testing matters. One of the main aims of the Contact List is to ensure that all vendors potentially included in tests are given notification of upcoming tests, along with the proposed methodology in the form of an official AMTSO test plan. Vendors are then able to comment on any potential issues with the test plan prior to a test commencing, and can also register their interest in taking in active role in the running of the test.

You can find out more about the Contact List system, including a list of current participants, on the Contact List page. To request your details be added to the AMTSO Contact List, please use the Contact List Application Form.