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Kaspersky inks a deal with Qualcomm to improve Android security

Says lower level OS work is needed
Mon May 13 2013, 00:00
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SECURITY FIRM Kaspersky Lab has signed an agreement with chip designer Qualcomm to improve security at "the lower level" of a smartphone's mobile operating system (OS).

Kaspersky told The INQUIRER that it has agreed to offer "special terms" for preloading Kaspersky Mobile Security and Kaspersky Tablet Security products on Android devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Speaking with The INQUIRER, Kaspersky Lab's CTO Nikolay Grebenikov said the arrangement was made because smartphone vendors increasingly need help from security experts that have a deep expertise and understanding of recent security trends.

"We are trying to build relationships with some vendors in the mobile world - a main one for us is Qualcomm - we are talking with them about incorporating security in the lower level operating system," Grebenikov said.

"For example, [vendors] cannot protect against malware which is divided into several pieces and each is not malicious itself but when installed all together they will have a malicious functionality."

According to Grebenikov, Kaspersky met with Qualcomm in February and gave a presentation to the firm's experts.

He said Qualcomm proposed some security concepts like using separate parts of a mobile OS to employ security and an ability to store information securely and make a connection to a secure cloud. However, he added the project is in "a very early stage".

Kaspersky didn't name which phone makers it will offer these "special terms" to, but said it will be "a wide range of customers, who are manufacturing or having manufactured on their behalf Snapdragon enabled mobile devices or tablets running on Android".

Kaspersky said it believes this model will help reduce the growing threat of malware on mobile devices. µ

 

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