Thursday, July 07, 2011

AMTSO Guidelines on Facilitating Testability

There is another brief publication out by the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) for those who may do deep dive or even casual testing of internet security products. “AMTSO Guidelines on Facilitating Testability” This document covers ways in which “testers and vendors can collaborate and share information in order to make testing more efficient and accurate, and to enable external verification of results.” It is only six pages long but is a good read. It was published in late May.

AMTSO (as I’ve previously written) has a number of useful documents for those who perform testing for companies, the “reviewers” of the world, and people who may want to be able to look at product tests and reviews at a deeper level than the casual reader. The list of titles is at and they’re free! These will make you much smarter than a fifth grader! No guarantees in how mentioning these documents will be useful to help meet people in clubs or cafes across North America and Europe.

If you can read only one document, I suggest “The Fundamental Principals of Testing”. It is a five-page read and will provide some points to look at tests with a more discerning eye (as well as design your own tests and reviews). Sometimes the wisdom of experts is better than the wisdom of crowds, even if the experts don’t have 300k or 500k Facebook fans. Read some of AMTSO’s documents before this season’s Internet Security 2012 reviews come out. Click here to “like”. Then send to all your friends. ;) . Check out the member organizations when you visit their site.


The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization, or AMTSO, is dedicated to helping improve the objectivity, quality and relevance of anti-malware technology testing. AMTSO membership is open to industry-wide academics, reviewers, testers and vendors, subject to guidelines determined by AMTSO.

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