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Qualcomm and Kaspersky partner to tackle Android security

US chip manufacturer Qualcomm has signed a new agreement with one of the biggest firms in IT security, Kaspersky Lab, which will see the latter’s solutions preloaded on Qualcomm-powered devices.

Both Kaspersky Mobile Security and Kaspersky Tablet Security will now automatically feature on the wealth of gadgets containing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. The chip line currently revs the engine of more than 770 commercial products, with another 550 designs in the pipeline.

Among the most biggest-name Qualcomm handsets are the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, Nokia Lumia 920, and Sony Xperia Z, while the souped-up Xperia ZR announced today may well be one of the first devices to ship with Kaspersky’s mobile solution.

“In Kaspersky Lab, we have a solid number of global companies we work with, and Qualcomm Technologies will be one of the most important among them,” said Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO Kaspersky Lab.

“We are looking forward to providing solutions to a wide range of device manufacturers, who are designing and/or building Snapdragon-enabled mobile devices or tablets running on Android.”

Earlier this month, ITProPortal assembled its cameras to discuss the growing problem of mobile security and more with Kaspersky’s David Emm and Malcolm Tuck at Infosecurity Europe 2013 (see above). Emm spoke of the “different psychology at play,” with mobile security, arguing that when “you are presented with a desktop or a laptop you know it is a computer device so you realise there is a security dimension, but with a mobile device you don't. Its pedigree is ‘phone’.”

The same sentiment was echoed in our analysis of mobile security with research specialists Team Cymru, who argued that a “worldwide psychological shift” was required to address the proliferating threats on mobile devices.