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The AMTSO debate

Since I heard the first time about AMTSO (Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization), in one of the VB Conferences (I think two years ago), I asked myself whether or not this association makes sense. I’ve heard later on that Avira is also part of it. But, I simply forgot about this issue. I recently started to hear a lot of noise about this issue, saying that AMTSO represents only the interests of the AV Industry and not those of the user getting infected. I don’t have yet an opinion, but as soon as I have one, I’ll post it 😉 Here are links with PROs and CONs arguments: PROs: Joint Blog By amtso http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/index.php/2010/07/07/testing-and-accountability/ http://community.norton.com/t5/Norton-Protection-Blog/Testing-and-Accountability/ba-p/247711 http://www.securelist.com/en/blog?weblogid=2224 http://pandalabs.pandasecurity.com/testing-and-accountability/ http://www.eset.com/blog/2010/07/07/testing-and-accountability A related blog was published on the AVIEN blog CONs: The AMTSO Melee Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization: a dissenting view AMTSO: a serious attempt to clean up anti-malware testing; or just a great big con? (please read the discussion thread there !!!)


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