AV firms launch new standards for testing

I was interested to see that a group of anti-virus and anti-malware application companies are grouping together to develop a new set of standards to measure the efficiency of their software.

There are a number of `independent' firms that offer IT security testing facilities but, I have to say that a few of them may have strayed from their original intentions and become a little too commercial.

Against this backdrop, it was inevitable that the industry started to get a little cynical about the charges involved. As a result, last May, at a meeting hosted by F-Secure, Panda and Symantec decided to form their own inter-company testing association,

Known as the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organisation (AMTSO), the association has got 40 companies behind it, with the express aim of hosting discussions about testing, publicising testing standards, and providing tools and resources for such testing.

Supporters of AMTSO include BitDefender, F-Secure, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro and Panda Software, which hosted the meeting.

IBM and Microsoft have also voiced their support.

This could get interesting...