BlackBerry, the Canadian software maker, has introduced its new cybersecurity software that helps automakers scan vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars. The software is called BlackBerry Jarvis and will be offered on a pay-as-you-go basis. BlackBerry mentions in a statement that Jarvis can automatically scan reams of code to look for vulnerabilities, a job that traditionally would be done manually by computer experts. The software is supposed to be first provided to automakers, but can also find application in healthcare and industrial automation.
After its initiation, automakers will be able to access Jarvis online and scan files at every stage of software development. Moreover, it has also been tested with Tata Motors’ Jaguar Rover unit. It was found that it significantly reduced the time needed to assess the code and resolved the vulnerabilities via dashboards with cautions and advisories. John Chen, BlackBerry CEO said, “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.”
BlackBerry understands that the software applications used in cars come from many different sources. So it has enabled Jarvis to be used at any software development stage and even on software from third-party developers. In recent months, BlackBerry has announced QNX and other auto partnerships with Baidu, Nvidia, Delphi, Visteon, Qualcomm, and DENSO.