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Computer Security Companies Agree To Testing Standards

IBM, Microsoft, McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro, and Panda Security are among those in Spain this week hammering out details of the anti-malware group.
Despite their business differences, computer security companies are coming together to standardize testing for anti-malware products and services.

In Bilbao, Spain, on Monday, more than 40 security researchers and anti-malware testers convened to formalize the charter of a new Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization.

AMTSO was formed in Reykjavik, Iceland, last May during the International Antivirus Testing Workshop. Its aim is to provide a forum for malware-related discussions, to develop and promote objective testing standards and methods for anti-malware solutions, to provide tools and resources for approved testing, and to review and analyze such tests.

"AMTSO brings together the industry's leading security and risk academics, vendors, and testers to provide testing methodologies and standards better suited to evaluate the protection available to combat today's malware and related security threats," said Vernon Jackson, manager of virus prevention systems at IBM Global Technology Services, in a statement. "This will in turn benefit end users, who will be empowered to make more informed decisions about the particular security solutions that match their needs."

Jimmy Kuo, principal architect of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, expressed similar sentiment, noting that the increasing sophistication of malware threats has made it more challenging to evaluate the capabilities of anti-malware products and services. He welcomed AMTSO as a way to promote more accurate and comprehensive methods of evaluation.

Hosted by Panda Security, the AMTSO event included ALWIL Software, AV-Comparatives,, AVG Technologies, Avira, Bit9, BitDefender, Dr. Web, ESET, F-Secure, G Data Software, Hispasec Sistemas, IBM, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Norman, PC Tools, Sana Security, Secure Computing, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro, and VirusBuster.