Consumers should have more accurate information with which to
compare security software suites under a new set of software testing
guidelines to be finalized early next year.
Last week, security vendors and software testing organizations
agreed during a conference in Seoul to form the Anti-Malware Testing
Working Group, which will determine how best to conduct behavioral
tests of security software, said Andreas Marx, who works for
AV-Test.org, a German antivirus software testing group.
Behavioral tests are time-consuming but important since the
style of test replicates how PCs encounter malicious software on the
Internet, such as through Trojan horse programs in e-mail attachments
or through browser exploits, Marx said.
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