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Feb 5 2008   2:08PM GMT

Introducing the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO)

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Security software makers have taken a step toward creating a more standardized approach for anti-malware testing, with the formation of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO).

More than 40 security software technologists and anti-malware testers from around the world recently met in Bilbao, Spain to formalize the AMTSO charter, vowing to close the divide between what anti-malware technologies actually do and the testing methodologies used to evaluate them.

“As anti-malware solutions become more complex, many existing tests are unable to evaluate product effectiveness properly, resulting in product reviews that are sometimes incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,” the group said in its inaugural press release. “AMTSO is focused on addressing the global need for improvement in the objectivity, quality and relevance of testing methodologies.”

According to the preliminary charter, AMTSO will:

* Provide a forum for discussions related to the testing of anti-malware and related products;
* Develop and publicize objective standards and best practices for testing of anti-malware and related products;
* Promote education and awareness of issues related to the testing of anti-malware and related products;
* Provide tools and resources to aid standards-based testing methodologies; and,
* Provide analysis and review of current and future testing of anti-malware and related products.

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