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BlackBerry Announces Automotive Security Solution

BlackBerry this week announced a customizable automotive solution designed to help OEMs improve vehicle health and security.

The solution aims to provide the necessary foundation to “future-proof” vehicles, as well as to help accelerate development timelines and reduce the cost of starting production.

With the new solution at hand, and with assistance from BlackBerry’s cybersecurity and automotive embedded systems teams, companies in the transportation sector will have the possibility to create powerful AI and ML software-driven use cases, aiming to improve the safety and security of vehicles, BlackBerry says.

This is the first product resulting from the integration of BlackBerry Cylance’s cybersecurity technologies with BlackBerry QNX solutions, which are found embedded in over 150 million cars.

Modular in nature, the system provides increased flexibility to automakers, allowing them to easily activate only the needed features, BlackBerry says.

They can also leverage pre-built AI/ML models for an aggregate view of the health of vehicles in a single console or ‘Vehicle Operations Centre’.

Moreover, the solution supports automation of software patches, continuous driver authentication, and proactive cybersecurity threat protection, via both Endpoint Protection and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) technologies.

Built on the ISO 26262 safety-certified BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor, the solution uses threat detection technologies from CylancePROTECT to prevent, detect, and remediate malware and other threats in the vehicle infotainment system.

It also leverages a contextual analysis engine from CylanceOPTICS to proactively scan the vehicle for anomalies, and behavioral monitoring techniques from CylancePERSONA to verify the identity of the vehicle’s driver.

A fully customizable Vehicle Operations Center delivers insights into cybersecurity and operational events, the BlackBerry OTA Software Update Management Service is leveraged for software maintenance, the BlackBerry Jarvis cloud-based static binary code scanner is used to identify vulnerabilities, and the BlackBerry UEM ensures malware-free apps are deployed to vehicles.

“With the average new car containing more than 100 million lines of code and some of the most complex software ever deployed by automakers, the need for a holistic view into the overall health and security posture of a vehicle's entire code base throughout its full lifecycle is absolutely critical,” Charles Eagan, CTO of BlackBerry, said.

BlackBerry is demonstrating its automotive solutions at CES in Las Vegas.

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