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Can we test protection against targeted attacks?

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In my day job as a tester of anti-malware solutions, I often get asked the same question: how do I plan to test against Advanced Persistent Threats, aka APTs? These threats are very different from your everyday malware, and testing protection against them turns out to be a very different kind of task.

Monday review - the hot 24 stories of the week

Monday review

In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

How to measure the biggest and most dangerous threats

measuring the biggest and most dangerous threats

Just about every security company publishes some sort of prevalence data - those little bar charts and top tens showing the most important and widespread threats. The raw data behind these easy-to-consume representations can be very useful to security experts and testers.

How to rate a comparative anti-virus test - a six-step guide

How to rate a comparative anti-virus test - a 6-step guide

It sometimes seems like anyone with a computer feels qualified to do comparative anti-virus testing. There are a lot of pitfalls to look out for, which often trip up unwary would-be testers and regularly lead to wonky data and odd conclusions. So how do you know which tests are any good?

How do you know if an anti-virus test is any good?

The truth behind antivirus comparative tests: valuable or useless?

Anti-virus tests are a bit of a minefield. Why are they all different? How do you know who to believe? What makes one test better than another, or are they all equally brilliant/useless/biased/random? John Hawes takes a look.

Sophos awarded VB100 in Windows Server 2003 R2 comparative anti-virus test


Sophos awarded VB100 in comparative test by Virus Bulletin of 36 different anti-virus products.

Monday review: the hot 31 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 31 stories of the week

It's time for this week's Monday review: all our stories from the past seven days.


Comparative anti-malware tests: the RIGHT way to do them


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.