Marriage of convenience ? Qualcomm has just opted for the company Sophos, which will be responsible for providing it with cybersecurity solutions for the next wave of 5G compatible PCs. Announced Tuesday, the US chipmaker said that Sophos, a UK company specializing in access point security, will provide Intercept X access point protection software for 5G PCs.
“The combination of Sophos Intercept X with Snapdragon compute platforms will provide users with next-generation security through an always-on, always-on PC environment,” said the two companies.
Intercept X is access point detection and threat response software, which notably prevents the deployment of malicious code such as ransomware. According to the company, the Snapdragon series of processors – used to power lightweight PCs supporting 5G – will be useful in combating security black spots as the software will exploit connected standby functions.
Available in the second half of 2021
According to the cybersecurity company, this means that “security investigations will have fewer unknowns because data will not be missed because devices are offline.”
In addition, Qualcomm’s artificial intelligence (AI) engine, used to improve connectivity, gaming and photography, will be leveraged by Intercept X for optimization. Security, too, should start at the hardware level. Sophos’ solution will be applied to trusted core systems of Snapdragon PCs to enhance “cryptographic integrity”.
“By working with Sophos, we take device security to a whole new level, enhancing their industry-leading endpoint protection through accelerated AI threat detection on our solutions,” comments Miguel. Nunes, senior director of product management at Qualcomm. “We are excited that Sophos is transforming IT with next-generation security for businesses on Snapdragon 5G platforms. Intercept X for Snapdragon platforms will be available in the second half of 2021.