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Group to Create Spyware Sample and Testing Standard

Jan 30, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

A number of cybersecurity solutions providers and industry bodies today announced an agreement to create identification and testing methods for spyware mitigation products.

McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro, ICSA Labs and Thompson Cyber Security Labs will join forces to conduct the research and create a standard by which vendors could benchmark their various anti-spyware products, according to Symantec’s January 30 release.

“There is an enormous amount of confusion in the marketplace about the origins of spyware and the effectiveness of the tools designed to fight it,” said Larry Bridwell of ICSA Labs. “This agreement is an important first step in maturing the industry to the point where it can effectively combat the proliferation of spyware on behalf of customers, providing a safer and more efficient online environment for everyone.”

The group’s testing methodology and list of best practice can be found at:

-Al Sacco

Managing Editor

Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.

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