Mobile device security
is without a doubt a glaring area of weakness for both enterprises and the average Joe, and various security measures
are being developed to address it. The latest effort on that front involves a partnership between mobile chipmaker Qualcomm
and security firm Kaspersky
According to the Inquirer, Kaspersky security products including Kaspersky Mobile Security and Kaspersky Tablet Security can be pre-installed on Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Android devices per “special terms”. The security measures are aimed at the lower levels of the operating system.
"We are trying to build relationships with some vendors in the mobile world,” said Kaspersky Labs CTO Nikolay Grebenikov. “We are talking with [Qualcomm] about incorporating security in the lower level operating system. 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."
It’s not yet known which, if any, handset vendors are on board with the idea.