Always-connected 5G PC cybersecurity

Issue 1 2021 Information Security

Sophos has announced its plans to provide Sophos Intercept X endpoint protection for 5G PCs powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon compute platforms from Qualcomm Technologies. The combination of Sophos Intercept X with Snapdragon compute platforms will provide users with next-generation security through an always-on, always-connected PC environment.

Snapdragon compute platforms enabling 5G connectivity build on smartphone technology to deliver premium performance and efficiency to 4G and 5G cellular-connected thin and light fanless laptops. Sophos Intercept X is designed to protect advanced computing systems and endpoints, stopping the latest cybersecurity threats with deep learning AI and anti-ransomware capabilities. Sophos expects Intercept X for Snapdragon compute platforms to be available in the second half of 2021.

“An always-on, always-connected, interactive computing environment that combines smartphone and PC technology delivers unique security capabilities and opportunities,” said Joe Levy, chief technology officer, Sophos. “Mobile devices have historically experienced far fewer security incidents than PCs powered by traditional architectures. It’s certainly not because they aren’t ubiquitous, but rather because of their modern architecture that offers overall predictability relative to PCs, enabling application vendors to design high-performance and secure software.”

Sophos Intercept X will also:

• Use Connected Standby for continuous communication with a fleet of Snapdragon powered PCs, so that security investigations have fewer unknowns as data won’t be missed due to devices being offline.

• Use AI acceleration through the Qualcomm AI Engine to compile increasingly AI-dependent software in real time on devices, with optimisations to run faster and more power efficiently, which is important when devices are running on a battery.

• Harness the hardware-level root of trust to ascertain device and cryptographic integrity in order to create strong identity bindings.

Find out more at www.sophos.com/en-us/products/endpoint-antivirus.aspx and www.qualcomm.com/products/mobile-computing/mobile-pcs




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