Agnitum Directions (November 2013)
Thank you for subscribing to Agnitum Directions. This month, we’re unveiling a new product update and sharing with you our thoughts about recent security events. Read on to learn more.
Download the new Outpost 8.1.2 with Windows 8.1 support!
Install the new version — 8.1.2 — and give us your feedback!
- The new Outpost works smoothly on Windows 8.1.
- We have preemptively closed a vulnerability in the sandbox driver that could cause OS crashes or be exploited to execute system level code.
Check out the complete list of improvements for v.8.1.1 and 8.1.2 on our website.
Agnitum participates in latest AMTSO meeting and the new WATeR event in Montreal, Canada
This fall, Agnitum’s R&D team took a trip to Canada to attend the most recent Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) meeting and the first Workshop on Anti-malware Testing Research (WATeR 2013).
The former took place on October 28-29, the latter followed on October 30, 2013.
AMTSO was established in 2008 to meet the following objectives:
- Provide a forum for discussions relating to anti-malware testing
- Develop and publicize objective standards and best practices for anti-malware testing
- Provide tools and resources to aid standards-based testing methodologies
- Provide analysis of current and future testing methodologies
Among the items on the AMTSO agenda this time were a discussion of recent achievements and development plans, as well as security software testing standards.
Participants received an update from the board and executives, heard presentations from Dennis Technology Labs and AV Comparatives, and discussed a new security initiative known as the Real Time Threat List (RTTL).
Learn more about the meeting and organization on the AMTSO website.
On October 30, the Agnitum Team joined the First Workshop on Anti-malware Testing Research (WATeR), co-sponsored and organized by AMTSO in collaboration with the IEEE.
The aim of this workshop was to bring together industry experts and academic researchers in order to identify and find ways to resolve important technical problems associated with anti-malware testing. The result was a fruitful discussions and valuable knowledge sharing.
The meeting proved once again that testing approaches should evolve hand-in-hand with the ever-changing threat landscape. As WATeR’s site states:
"Long gone are the days when anti-malware performance could be accurately measured by the traditional method of exposing them to a list of malware file samples <...> Many traditional anti-malware products have in fact migrated towards dynamic protection services, <...> the so-called anti-malware „in-the-cloud“ solutions".
Topics under discussion touched on on-demand testing, malware sample storage and labelling, sample selection for static testing, and dynamic testing using malicious URL, to name just a few.
The Agnitum Team enjoyed the networking and came up with some new ideas as a result of the interactions. The more time we spend at these malware-research insider events, the better we’re able to stay ahead of the game and protect you, our loyal customers, against future threats. As always, these industry meetings provided good food for reflection.
In the long run, these events help us incorporate new insights and protection mechanisms into the Outpost product line, so stay tuned for further developments!
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With best wishes,
Your Agnitum team