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Sophos has announced its plans to provide Sophos Intercept X endpoint protection for 5G PCs powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon compute platforms from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

The combination of Sophos Intercept X with Snapdragon compute platforms will provide users next-generation security through an always-on, always-connected PC environment.

Snapdragon compute platforms enabling 5G connectivity built 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.

Interactive computing

Sophos Chief Technology Officer Joe Levy says an always-on, always-connected, interactive computing environment that combines smartphone and PC technology delivers unique security capabilities and opportunities.

“Mobile devices historically have 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,” said Joe Levy.

Joe Levy said Snapdragon compute platforms mark a major step forward because they provide all the utility and performance of a PC, but with many of the benefits associated with modern mobile computing devices. “Security loves predictability, and Sophos is excited to be a part of securing this next-generation computing platform,” said Joe Levy.

Sophos Intercept X will also:

· Leverage 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 real-time on a device with optimizations to run faster and more power-efficient, 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

Qualcomm Technologies Product Management Senior Director Miguel Nunes said in addition to enabling always on, always connected PC experiences, the company’s 5G-enabled Snapdragon compute platforms bring next-generation security innovation rooted in advanced AI and 5G connectivity capabilities.

“By working with Sophos, we are taking on-device security to a new level by enhancing their industry-leading endpoint protection with AI accelerated threat detection on our solutions. We’re excited for Sophos to transform computing with next-generation enterprise-grade security on 5G powered Snapdragon compute platforms,” said Miguel Nunes.

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