Ever since BlackBerry pulled the plugs on its smartphone manufacturing business and shifted its focus to the development of secure software products for enterprises, the Canadian company’s fortunes made a sharp turnaround and it started making profits after years of negative growth and hefty losses. Now it has unveiled a new solution called Jarvis, a cybersecurity software which identifies vulnerabilities in the software for autonomous vehicles.
Unveiled at the North American International Automotive Show, Jarvis is capable of scanning and identifying vulnerabilities in software created for autonomous vehicles, and also provides the necessary inputs that should be implemented to fix those flaws. In the words of BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen:
Jarvis is a game-changer for OEMs because for the first time they have a complete, consistent, and near real-time view into the security posture of a vehicle’s entire code base along with the insights and deep learning needed to predict and fix vulnerabilities, ensure compliance, and remain a step ahead of bad actors.
As per BlackBerry’s official press release, Jarvis will not only discover flaws in the software models coded for autonomous vehicles, but it will also make sure that the software is in compliance with industry standards like MISRA and CERT.
However, one of the biggest advantages will be the tremendous amount of time it saves in the software assessment process, as it can evaluate and examine any software solution and give valuable insights regarding its shortcomings and efficiency within minutes. The main objective behind Jarvis’ creation is to eradicate vulnerabilities from the software used in autonomous vehicles in order to shield them from being exploited.
Jarvis will be available as a cloud-based pay-as-you-go solution for automobile companies, who can utilize BlackBerry’s cybersecurity solution to ‘scan any number of binary files at every stage of software development’ and check the assessment results in a very short span of time.
BlackBerry further revealed that Jaguar Land Rover has tested Jarvis to great success, and that it will soon be made available to other firms in the automobile industry.