Avast teams with Qualcomm on Snapdragon security

Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon 820 processor, and is working with Avast Software to include a new kernel-level security technology that is able to detect 0day malware using machine learning, expected to be in consumer devices next year. Excerpting their press release:

“Avast is pleased to work together with Qualcomm Technologies to provide hardware-based security that is integrated into the hardware and firmware of Snapdragon processors,” said Vince Steckler, chief executive officer of Avast. “With threats increasing every day, OEMs and mobile operators need to protect their users in real-time. Snapdragon Smart Protect will provide hardware-based security at the processor level, which is designed to help improve consumer safety from rogue applications, zero day attacks, and ransomware.” Traditional security software can only scan and monitor software behavior at the application and framework layer level. Avast is utilizing Snapdragon Smart Protect on-device, machine-learning technology at the processor level to address zero-day attacks and differentiate between clean and malicious software applications. While consumers will benefit from better protection, OEMs and mobile operators will benefit from reducing the risk of data leakage and malware attacks for their users.

Full press release:



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