Qualcomm to boost Mobile Security of Smart Phones releasing in 2018!

Qualcomm has announced a new processor variant named Snapdragon 845 which is said to boost the mobile security feature of smartphones releasing in 2018. The California based silicon chip maker has added that all upcoming Android flagship phones released by Sony, Samsung and Nokia will have the new Snapdragon 845 Wafer in it to provide better security solutions within mobile platforms.

As Android phones are touted as most vulnerable devices to cyber attacks, Qualcomm wants to change the scenario in all upcoming smartphone models loaded with the said mobile OS. It aims to do so with the help of its new processor Snapdragon 845 which is said to have a Secure Processing Unit (SPU) to protect mobile user’s data from hacks and data breaches.

Qualcomm’s SPU is said to save all data related to security authentication in a vault-like environment which is similar to what Apple Secure Enclave does in A11 Fusion Processor loaded on the iPhones.

The Secure Enclave Processor has a separate processing chipset and an encrypted memory to store sensitive data. Likewise, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will also store sensitive data on a separate chipset with the processor to isolate the content from being within reach of hackers.

Qualcomm argues that its new variant of processors having a Secure Processing Unit will also store other sensitive info such as payment related info, SIM info and much more on their platform.

For instance, when a smartphone user, takes a PIC on a phone having a Snapdragon 845, the SPU will create an encrypted unique key that’s stored in the same place for decryption. The arrangement will in-turn add an extra layer of protection and developers like Facebook can use this mobile security feature of SKU to generate unique keys for things like Facebook Messenger messages with the user’s friends and family- all on the said device.

“Snapdragon 845 CPU will make all upcoming Android smartphones totally secure and hack free, provided the processor is used by the OEM’s”, said Gary Brotman, Product Director, Qualcomm.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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