VB anti-spam testing: results revealed

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Mar 19, 2009

VB reveals results of trial test run: 1 platinum, 2 gold and 2 silver awards.

VB spam testingAfter months of preparation, discussion and hard work, VB is pleased to announce the results of the VB anti-spam testing trial, with one product achieving platinum-level certification, two achieving the gold level and two achieving silver level.

The first test was a trial run - with entry free of charge for vendors, but with the results anonymized for publication - the aim being to see how the test setup and methodology worked in practice.

Says Martijn Grooten, VB Anti-spam Test Director, 'If there is one thing that the trial has demonstrated, it is the need for such a dry run.' In particular, attempts to accommodate all 17 of the products submitted for the test were thwarted by a number of setup issues. However, Grooten declared the trial run a success: 'We feel that the delays and hiccups experienced during the trial run will be more than outweighed by the benefits when we start running the live tests and are fully versed in the requirements for our system and the potential pitfalls we are likely to encounter.'

The full set of test results for the trial run can be found here, with a detailed description of the test setup and methodology here.

The first 'live' anti-spam test (using named products) will be run in April, with the results published at the start of May. The product submission deadline for the first test will be 3 April 2009.

Any vendors interested in submitting anti-spam products for review are advised to contact Allison Sketchley, VB Sales Executive (+44 1235 544034; allison.sketchley@virusbtn.com) and/or Martijn Grooten, Anti-spam Test Director (+44 1235 540235; martijn.grooten@virusbtn.com).

Posted on 19 March 2009 by Virus Bulletin



Latest posts:

Programme for VB2019 Threat Intelligence Practitioners' Summit announced

In the mini-summit, which forms part of VB2019 (the 29th Virus Bulletin International Conference), eight sessions will focus on all aspects of threat intelligence collecting, using and sharing.

Guest blog: TotalAV uncovers the world’s first ransomware

In a guest blog post by VB2019 Silver partner TotalAV, Matthew Curd, the software’s Technical Expert, considers the changes in the cybersecurity landscape.

Guest blog: Targeted attacks with public tools

Over the last few years SE Labs has tested more than 50 different security products against over 5,000 targeted attacks. In this guest blog post Stefan Dumitrascu, Chief Technical Officer at SE Labs, looks at the different attack tools available, how…

VB2019 preview: Small Talks

We preview the five Small Talks on the VB2019 programme in which important topics are discussed in a less formal atmosphere.

VB2019 preview: Problem child: common patterns in malicious parent-child relationships

We preview the VB2019 paper by Endgame researcher Bobby Filar, who created a graph-based framework designed to detect malicious use of legitimate binaries through parent-child relationships.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.