NC State researchers develop 'AirBag' for Android devices

With the surge of smartphone and tablet sales, mobile users can expect the threat of malicious attacks to rise.

Researchers led by N.C. State computer scientist Xuxian Jiang have created a new system to help protect Android users from malware. The system keeps apps contained within a virtual machine that prevents access to sensitive parts of the operating system.

In its proof-of-concept phase, the new cloud-based security system, called AirBag, has proven effective at foiling malicious software with minimal effect on device performance. Read the full paper published on AirBag.