...after many years of campaigning for better testing and better information about testing, it feels very positive that people are prepared to sit through a 60 minute presentation and then go on asking questions for another half hour...
Microsoft announced that they will be dropping OneCare and providing a free consumer anti-virus product. Much like when Microsoft announced they would enter the anti-virus market, this has caused quite a bit of media buzz. Much like when Microsoft announced they would enter the anti-virus market, this is not a big deal. To start with,
I’m still in Washington, but have just picked up some news that reminds me not only of home, but of my job of a few years ago, when I worked as a security manager for the UK’s National Health Service. It’s been announced that the Barts and The London NHS Trust, which includes several of
I’m in Washington right now, at the CSI conference. It won’t surprise regular readers to know I’m here to talk about testing anti-malware products (again!) So it may not surprise you to know also that I’m particularly interested to see an article [link no longer available – DH 2017] by Larry Seltzer that looks at the documents
AMTSO, the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization, have just issue a press release [broken link removed 2017] about the guidelines documents just published on their web site after ratification by everyone present at the AMTSO meeting in Oxford at the end of October. You may have noticed that we’re quite optimistic about the beneficial future impact of
The election may be over, but the bad guys are still milking it, and there are lessons to be learned. I guess there’s nothing that brings out the worst in human nature like an election. There were all those chain letters, rumours and hoaxes about how various candidates were undesirable, un-American, immoral etc. Then there were
In "Viruses Revealed", Robert Slade and I said that ""In many ways, the Internet Worm is the story of data security in miniature."
I just came got back from Oxford (that's the one in the UK, by the way), where the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization held its latest two-day meeting.
Recently we noticed a thread in a forum associated with a free security product, originating in an open letter to a well-known tester, asking him to donate his sample set for the improvement of the product.
VirusTotal is a tool many people find very useful as a shortcut to checking a possibly malicious file, but it isn't a detection test