Sophos Anti-Virus achieves VB100 on Windows XP SP3

The August 2008 edition of Virus Bulletin magazine has just been published, and includes a test of over 30 different anti-virus products.

Sophos was one of the products to achieve the VB100 accolade, successfully detecting all of the viruses in-the-wild without a false alarm problem.

“Speeds were good and detection excellent; a VB100 award is earned with ease,” writes John Hawes, technical consultant of Virus Bulletin.

VB, as it is known in the industry, has been published since 1989 and is an independent journal which includes detailed technical examinations of malware threats as well as standalone reviews of products and bake-offs.

It’s a big workload for a relatively small team and it’s interesting to hear Hawes say in the latest review that by the time of the next VB100 test, he’ll be joined by another tester to help him in his work.

It’s not just a monthly magazine though. The guys at VB also organize the annual VB conference – where all the anti-virus players, big and small, get together in a luxurious hotel and drink beer.

This year the conference will be in Ottawa, Canada, at the beginning of October. Unlike other conferences it’s not dominated by sales spiels and dancing girls – it’s a great opportunity to eat, drink and chat with the people who actually write the security software you run on your PCs.

Of course, you may prefer dancing girls…