An efficient, robust and scalable malware recognition module is the key component of every cybersecurity product. Kaspersky Lab, as a global cybersecurity company, has turned to machine learning, an area of computer science that had been used successfully in image recognition, searching and decision-making, to augment their malware detection and classification. Kaspersky Lab announced that its Kaspersky Internet Security for Android  has been strengthened with a new feature for combating the evolving malware landscape – Cloud ML for Android.

The new feature, based on machine learning technology, boosts malware detection using various kinds of data on host, network and cloud-based anti-malware components. It also reduces the risks of mobile devices being exposed to cyber attacks. With ML technology, it allows the product to give an even faster reaction to unknown threats and keeps the number of false positives at the lowest rates. To this end, malicious applications that may have been downloaded on a mobile device are detected before they launch.

Basically, whenever a user downloads an application on their mobile device, the technology uses machine learning algorithms from the cloud that have been trained on millions of malware samples. The applied method analyzes thousands of different application parameters – including requested permissions or entry points – in less than a second, and immediately gives an accurate verdict. Even though the application turns out to be a specific or modified type of malware that has not been seen before, Cloud ML for Android will recognize it as malicious based on the typical parameters that correspond with already known threats.

The new technology benefits not only from ML algorithms but also the Kaspersky Security Network – Kaspersky Lab’s complex distributed cloud-based infrastructure that processes anonymized cyberthreats related to metadata streams from millions of voluntary participants around the world.

Timur Biyachuev, Vice President, Threat Research at Kaspersky Lab said, “According to recent Kaspersky Lab research the number of mobile malware attacks doubled in 2018, as cybercriminals invent new ways to create and distribute malware. Obviously, anti-malware technologies need to keep up.” And he added, “Our mobile product, Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, already protects millions of users from advanced and yet previously unknown threats. This new component improves the accuracy and speed at which these threats are detected, making mobile experiences better and more secure.”

To learn more about Kaspersky Internet Security for Android and download the freemium version of the product, visit Kaspersky website.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on May 8, 2019 2:17 am

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