Security Vendors Aim For Standard Spyware Testing - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

01:35 PM

Security Vendors Aim For Standard Spyware Testing

McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro, and other vendors will join forces to standardize evaluation criteria, develop spyware metrics, and create a common standard for spyware samples.

Several security companies and organizations will collaborate on creating standard spyware testing methods in an attempt to bring some order to a mixed-up security jumble, the firms announced Monday.

McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro, ICSA Labs, and Thompson Cyber Security Labs will join forces to standardized evaluation criteria, develop spyware metrics, and create a common standard for spyware samples.

The initiative, dubbed, will also make it easier for customers to compare anti-spyware vendors' products, said the companies.

"The successful industry practices previously established for sharing virus information demonstrate the effectiveness of cooperation," said Vincent Weafer, senior director of development for Symantec's security response group, in a statement. "By standardizing methods for sharing spyware samples and testing anti-spyware solutions, customers win." The ad-hoc group's future plans will include cooperating on spyware naming conventions, intelligence-sharing, and emergency information distribution guidelines.

"There is an enormous amount of confusion about the origins of spyware and the effectiveness of the tools designed to fight it," said Larry Bridwell of ICSA Labs, in a separate statement. "This agreement is an important first step in maturing the industry to the point where it can effectively combat the proliferation of spyware"

The group's first document, a PDF file on anti-spyware testing procedures, can be found on the site.

Anti-spyware working groups seem to sprout like so much spring grass. Last week, Google, Lenovo, Sun Microsystems, MIT, and Cambridge University launched, a program that will try to shame spyware vendors into giving up their lucrative businesses.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
How to Create a Successful AI Program
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  10/14/2020
Think Like a Chief Innovation Officer and Get Work Done
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  10/13/2020
10 Trends Accelerating Edge Computing
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  10/8/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
[Special Report] Edge Computing: An IT Platform for the New Enterprise
Edge computing is poised to make a major splash within the next generation of corporate IT architectures. Here's what you need to know!
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll