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Offline ky331

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Security testing firm NSS Labs has closed down
« on: October 20, 2020, 08:06:59 PM »
"Due to Covid-related impacts, NSS Labs ceased operations on October 15th."

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/nss-labs-shuttered/d/d-id/1339220

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Re: Security testing firm NSS Labs has closed down
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2020, 01:28:55 PM »
I have always had a love/hate relationship with security software testing labs. I love them because consumers need a way to compare solutions. But I hate them because regardless their claims and their mythologies, their tests are still synthetic and don't really represent the real-world.

For example, most of these sites will throw 10s of 1000s of malware at the computers, including malware that has not been in circulation for many many years and are no longer a threat. Or they hit those systems with malware that could never, under any normal circumstance, sneak past all the other security layers (firewall, router, browser, updated OSs, etc.) and get installed on a system in the first place - unless the bad guy already had physical access to the computer and knew the credentials for the admin account on that computer.

That resulted in some security solutions, which were coded for today's realistic threats, being down-rated unfairly - giving biased fodder for the haters of those programs.

I always felt NSS Labs was one of the better ones. And I appreciated the "huevos" NSS Labs demonstrated when they sued CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET, and the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) over an "alleged conspiracy to prevent independent testing companies from performing unbiased reviews of security software".

The gist of the dispute was the fox (the antimalware software conspirators... errr... industry) wanted absolute control over how the farmer (the independent testing labs) evaluated how effective the fox was at guarding the henhouse. Farmer NSS felt he should be able evaluate how good the guard-fox was any way he wanted to - as long as he evaluated all the foxes equally.

The problem was, NSS Labs was a member of the AMTSO organization that originally agreed on the testing standards. So the other members felt NSS Labs was being a whistleblower... err... snitch.

Anyway, I hope NSS Labs recovers once (if?) COVID passes and comes back to perform their informative and invaluable service again.
Bill (AFE7Ret)
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