BlackBerry’s new software ‘Jarvis’ finds security flaws in connected cars

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Cars rely very much on software these days, and as this happens it’s important for automakers to make sure their code is as secure as possible.

Surprisingly Blackberry has come up with a potential solution for this. During the North American International Automotive Show (NAIAS), the company’s CEO John Chen announced a new cloud-based tool called Jarvis that can scan the complex software required for modern connected and autonomous cars. Jarvis right? What comes to mind is Ironmans AI 😀.

Jarvis scans automotive binary code to identify security vulnerabilities in the software used in modern and upcoming cars, much of which is written by third-party suppliers. According to Blackberry, it can scan and deliver insights in minutes, thereby reducing the time in one case study from more than 30 days to seven minutes. “Connected and autonomous vehicles require some of the most complex software ever developed,” said Chen,

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 cybercriminals.

When a car company signs up for Jarvis, it can be customized for their own needs across their entire software supply chain, letting car companies scan files for problems at all stages of development. Althoufg Blackberry targets automakers, this new technology could also help with many other industries by helping to scan complex softwares used by aerospace, healthcare, industrial automation and even military defense projects.

Previously Blackberry announced it’s intentions of becoming a self-driving car company followed by numerous testing of autonomous vehicles on public Canada roads.

Although Blackberry was known as the king of smartphones, it’s QNX division has been working on automotive software for over 20 years. Now, after it’s short-lived stint as king of the business smartphone, the Canadian company now wants to fall back to it’s roots in the automotive industry.


BlackBerry is a line of wireless handheld devices and services designed and marketed by BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM). Blackberry was considered one of the major smartphone vendors in the world, specializing in secure communications and mobile productivity. The name, BlackBerry, was chosen due to the resemblance of the keyboard’s buttons to that of the drupelets that compose the blackberry fruit. The company is now adding more efforts on automotive



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