BlackBerry launches cyber security tool 'Jarvis' for self-driving cars

Gladys Abbott
January 17, 2018

BlackBerry said Jarvis will be offered on a pay-as-you-go basis and customized for the needs of the manufacturer. However, he said, it could eventually be expanded to assist in fields such as healthcare, industrial automation, aerospace, and defense.

BlackBerry has released a new auto security software named Jarvis, a software cyber security product helping detect flaws in auto software before it is installed into the vehicle.

"With cybersecurity increasingly a focus of automakers and regulators alike, our invitation to address NAIAS is a reflection of software's primacy in vehicles and our position as a cybersecurity leader", said Chen, who is also BlackBerry's executive chairman. According to BlackBerry, this type of distributed supply chain setup creates a need for software that can predict and fix vulnerabilities in near real-time in order to stay ahead of potential "bad actors" and avoid failures caused by human error. It scans the software and delivers insights on vulnerabilities "in minutes".

For OEMs, Jarvis helps to assure that software adheres to industry standards, and it can be used to scan binary files at any stage of software development.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen showed up at the North American International Automotive Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on Monday to introduce the company's latest security product for the connected vehicle space. This includes the capability to evaluate new software under consideration and to also assess existing software already in production. Once scanned, development teams have immediate access to the results via dashboards with specific cautions and advisories.

BlackBerry says it has already begun trialling Jarvis with some of the world's largest automakers including Luxury-carmaker Jaguar Land Rover.

Over the past five years, the chief executive gradually reduced the Waterloo, Ont. -based company's dependence on smartphone sales in a crowded market and repositioned the company formerly known as Research in Motion as an innovator in cybersecurity and software. In our independent study, Jarvis delivered excellent efficiencies in time-to-market, significantly reducing the time to security assess code from thirty days to seven minutes. BlackBerry's pedigree in security and continued innovation has led to recent automotive design wins with Baidu, Delphi, Denso, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Visteon, and others.

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