By: Ken Presti, CRN
Issues around security product testing, and also the latest in malware details dominated the discussions at Kaspersky’s 2012 North American Reviewers Summit.
Various formats and strategies for testing, such as "static" versus dynamic were closely scrutinized during a panel discussion that sought to gain consensus on how customer data can be properly protected while at the same time maintaining fairness to security vendors whose marketing teams, predictably, want to portray their products in the most favorable possible light.
"We can only test a small percentage of what’s going on out there," said Peter Stelzhammer of AV-Comparatives, an Austria-based company that performs independent testing of anti-virus software. "There is sometimes pressure from the vendor community to do things in ways that make them look good. We do everything we can to minimize false positives, but it’s also very important for people in our business to conduct fair and credible testing."