Qualcomm Bringing Machine-Learning Security to Mobile Chip

The company’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC for Android phones will include technology that can detect and analyze malware in real time. Qualcomm is bringing machine learning technology to its upcoming Snapdragon 820 mobile to protect Android-based smartphones against malware.Company officials argue that not only does the sheer volume of mobile malware make it difficult for traditional signature-based anti-virus solutions to defend against zero-day and other dangerous software, but the malware can morph and evolve through changes in its binary code after it’s in the wild, making them even more difficult to identify and neutralize.What the chip maker wants to do with its new anti-malware technology—Snapdragon Smart Protect, announced Aug. 31—is to use machine-learning behavior analysis capabilities to detect and classify application behavior that is suspicious or unusual. The goal is…


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