BlackBerry launches new cyber security product: Jarvis

Manually scanning code for issues is nearly impossible, but automakers still have to make sure their software is working correctly. BlackBerry Ltd.’s new cyber security product Jarvis will make that much easier.

Announced today during the keynote address at the North American International Automotive Show (NAIAS) by BlackBerry executive chair and CEO John Chen, Jarvis is a cloud-based static binary code scanning solution that finds and fixes vulnerabilities in automobile software.

A pay-as-you-go solution, Jarvis scans software that’s under consideration, in addition to existing infrastructure. The platform can also be customized to ensure that whatever software is installed on a vehicle is evaluated at every stage of development, regardless of the developer.

“Connected and autonomous vehicles require some of the most complex software ever developed, creating a significant challenge for automakers who must ensure the code complies with industry and manufacturer-specific standards while simultaneously battle-hardening a very large and tempting attack surface for cyber criminals,” Chen said.

Ryan LaFontaine, 2018 NAIAS Chairman, echoed Chen’s comments in a recent statement, noting that cyber security has become a topic of “extreme importance” especially within the autonomous vehicle industry.

BlackBerry has already begun trialing Jarvis with automakers such as Jaguar. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, says BlackBerry Jarvis reduced the time to assess code from 30 days to seven minutes during an independent study.

Jarvis can also be applied in other industries, he added, pointing to healthcare, industrial automation and aerospace. BlackBerry has scored several partnerships lately involving autonomous vehicle software. The company’s QNX safety operating system has gained the attention of NVIDIA and Baidu, both of whom have recently announced they will be incorporating the software in their own self-driving platforms.

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