Last-minute presentation: VB testing - present status, future plans

John Hawes Virus Bulletin

VB's unique VB100 comparative review system has been around for 10 years, and has seen few changes in its core design since its 1998 inception. Over the last few years, VB has introduced a range of additions to the data produced in each test, including significant redesigns of the speed tests and 'zoo' collections.

Now, for the first time in 10 years, VB plans to introduce a major new addition to these tests. The new test is based around a system of weekly test sets which cover the three weeks immediately prior to product freezing as well as one week after. The test is designed to measure the ability of AV labs to keep up with the 'flood' of new malware, as well as introducing measurements of heuristic and generic detection abilities, through the element of retrospective testing. We hope it will show some interesting trends over time.

This presentation will focus on the latest addition to the testing line-up. We'll look at how and why these changes have been designed and implemented, and some of the problems involved, and will also cover further plans for expansion and improvement in the future.


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