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AV-Comparatives Conducts Test Using the AMTSO Real Time Threat List

April 2016 by AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives has conducted the first public industry test using the AMTSO Real Time Threat List (RTTL).

The RTTL is a repository of malware samples collected from around the world, and is managed, maintained and secured by the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO). Through the RTTL, AMTSO has provided a common platform where testers can access malware samples and related telemetry data provided by vendors and academics. The RTTL provides a way for testers to setup up new ways of testing based on prevalence-weighted and region-specific malware samples.

“Using the RTTL extends the range of tests and certifications based on it allow businesses and consumers to make more informed decisions when selecting a product.” said Andreas Clementi, CEO of AV-Comparatives. “In our Real-World Testing framework we are simulating a user using a computer. By exposing the machine to samples pulled from the RTTL we can give an overview of the core protection capabilities of the security product.”

Even though testing based on the AMTSO RTTL is very new, nearly all of the vendors reached the certification. Detailed information about the methodology and test results are available on the AV-Comparativeswebsite.

The whole report can be downloaded here.

“As the threat landscape continues to evolve and become more complex, many existing tests are unable to correctly evaluate product effectiveness, resulting in product reviews that can be incomplete, inaccurate and misleading” said Thomas Wegele, AMTSO’s Chief Technology Officer. “A large part of this problem is that some testers are unable to access prevalent malware samples on which to base their tests. The RTTL helps solve this problem by providing testers with a new source of malware samples and related telemetry data that is provided directly by industry experts and represents real time threats”.

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