Cybersecurity remains a persistent threat to both individuals and businesses, with data privacy concerns increasing for 86% of companies in 2020 and just 23% of consumers believing their personal data is very secure. As malware becomes steadily more omnipresent and sophisticated, a proactive approach to threat detection has become essential. Trend Micro is a global leader in hybrid cloud security, network defense, small business security, and endpoint security. To protect Android devices from viruses, the company built Trend Micro Mobile Security — a mobile app that compares APKs (Android Application Package) from the Google Play Store to a database of known malware. The virus detection system works as follows:

  • External APKs (Android application package) from the Google Play Store are crawled.
  • Known malware is converted into vectors and stored in Milvus.
  • New APKs are also converted into vectors, then compared to the malware database using similarity search.
  • If an APK vector is similar to any of the malware vectors, the app provides users with detailed information about the virus and its threat level.

To work, the system has to perform a highly efficient similarity search on massive vector datasets in real-time. Initially, Trend Micro used MySQL. However, as its business expanded so did the number of APKs with nefarious code stored in its database. The company’s algorithm team began searching for alternative vector similarity search solutions after quickly outgrowing MySQL.

Source: DZone

By Jun Gu