Blackberry 'Jarvis' To Reveal Security Flaws In Self-Driving Cars

Blackberry 'Jarvis' To Reveal Security Flaws In Self-Driving Cars

The pitch is that smart, connected cars are usually cluttered with software components, many of which are written by third party suppliers spread across tiers.

Enterprise software and internet of thing (IoT) company Blackberry has unveiled a cybersecurity product which can identify vulnerabilities in software used in both connected and autonomous vehicles.

Jarvis works by scanning all the software components in autonomous cars in real-time, sniffing out any vulnerabilities and prodding auto makers to fix them before they get pried open by hackers.

Once a auto company signs up for Jarvis, it can be customized for their own needs across their entire software supply chain, letting vehicle companies scan files for problems at all stages of development.

The former smartphone maker is offering Jarvis on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Once initiated, automakers will have online access to Jarvis and can scan any number of binary files (non-text files) at every stage of software development.

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This includes the ability to evaluate new software under consideration as well as existing software in production. Jarvis can scan software and deliver "actionable insights" about its security "within minutes", according to BlackBerry.

The Canadian firm has been trying to turn around its business by focusing on software and services. The development teams will have immediate access to the vulnerabilities through user-friendly dashboards with specific cautions and advisories.

Chen has said previously, however, that BlackBerry expects its other new automotive products would start contributing revenue a year or more after hitting the market.

"Jaguar Land Rover and BlackBerry share a common objective in bringing the most intelligent vehicles to reality", Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said.

The connected and the autonomous vehicles have some of the most complex software ever developed until now, which creates a significant challenge for the automakers to ensure that the lines of code comply with the industry and manufacturer-specific standards.

The company has a lot riding on its BlackBerry QNX division, a formerly independent Ottawa-based software developer that's made inroads with Ford Motor Co. and automotive suppliers around the world.

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