Do we measure resilience? What aspects of test sample selection may bias results? What are the methods used in a field-trial of anti-malware? These were among the presentations at the first Workshop on Anti-Malware Testing Research (WATeR), where we looked at the sort of things current tests of anti-malware solutions reveal, and some things they do not.
Two major cross-industry telemetry projects were presented at last week's Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin. The first is designed to up the standard of anti-malware testing, which in turn encourages better products, and the second aims to help reduce the chances of products mis-identifying clean files as malware.
The latest anti-malware tests performed by Dennis Technology Labs show that comparative testing can actually be a strong indicator of how well today's security offerings can protect a user.