Comparative Testing and Swimming the Channel

Greetings, friends, fans and foes. I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been travelling, with intermittent connectivity: first the Infosecurity expo in London, then the CARO and AMTSO workshops in Budapest, then the EICAR conference in Berlin. This week I’ve been at the Channel Expo in Birmingham (the one in the UK, that is)


Yes, I’ve used that pun before, but I can’t resist using it again now that I’m back from the EICAR conference. I actually got back a couple of days ago, but I was sidetracked by some urgent administrivia and dental treatment. I’m having bacon and eggs for breakfast, my first pet’s name was Stuart Little

AMTSO marches on

So the CARO workshop came and went (and very good it was too): unfortunately, because of the nature of the event, I can’t tell you too much about it. However, at least some of the presentations are expected to be made available soon, and we’ll pass on that information when we have it. After a

All’s Fair in Love and Marketing?

I don’t regard myself as being particularly naive: I know as well as you do that having an excellent product is not enough on its own. You usually have to market it properly as well: otherwise, it sinks because no-one is buying it, so no-one is making a living. I know, too, that this industry is not

Onward AMTSO

I may have mentioned the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization here before.   ESET is an enthusiastic supporter of this initiative, and several members of the research and lab teams attended the meeting at the beginning of this week in Cupertino. Lots of interesting and stimulating discussion took place. The Review of Reviews Board (or Review

Trends in Security Software

I got asked "what is the big trend in security software at the moment". It seems to me there are several significant threads to the answer, in terms of anti-malware. Dynamic and/or behaviour analysis. Dynamic analysis as implemented in mainstream antimalware is basically an automated version of dynamic analysis is used in computer forensics. In

AMTSO, Testing and the Media

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 press release: approved Testing Guidelines

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

AMTSO: Raising Testing Standards

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.

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