Qualcomm Unveils New Anti-Malware Chip

The new Snapdragon 820 chip by Qualcomm hopes to strike a blow against malware targeting smartphones by using machine learning to better identify malicious code, the company announced Monday. The new chips will be the first to sport the anti-malware technology developed as part of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Smart Protect project. The processor, which is expected to ship sometime in 2016, represents Qualcomm’s latest high-end mobile chip, succeeding the 808 and 810 families. The inclusion of such high-level anti-malware technology on the chip indicates that Qualcomm is hoping to appeal to enterprise clients by addressing one of the fastest growing concerns: zero-day exploits.Blocking Zero-Day Attacks Traditional anti-virus software has a difficult time blocking these attacks, because they rely on comparing the signatures of malicious code against a database of known threats.…


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