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

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| January 16 , 2018 , 18:46 IST

The software major Blackberry launched a cybersecurity software tool called 'Blackberry Jarvis', which aims to scan all the software components of driverless cars and fixing the vulnerabilities in real-time. The application will help the automakers in developing safety backups.

BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen claimed that 'Jarvis' scans and delivers deep actionable insights within minutes. The software will perform a task which would otherwise involve manually scanning that will take large numbers of experts and an impractical amount of time. 

Blackberry is marketing the software to automakers which shall power its turnaround effort, however, it can further have applications in healthcare and industrial automation. The former smartphone maker is offering Jarvis on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The automakers will have online access to Jarvis after initiation which will allow them to scan files at every stage of software development. BlackBerry claims to have already tested Jarvis with Jaguar Land Rover, the chief executive of which admitted that Jarvis helped in reducing the time needed to assess code from 30 days to seven minutes.

"Jaguar Land Rover and BlackBerry share a common objective in bringing the most intelligent vehicles to reality," said Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover adding, "In our independent study, Jarvis delivered excellent efficiencies in time-to-market, significantly reducing the time to security assess code from 30 days to seven minutes."

'Jarvis' will be customised for the unique needs of each Original equipment manufacturer along with their entire software supply chain. The development teams will have immediate access to the vulnerabilities through user-friendly dashboards with specific cautions and advisories.

"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 cybercriminals," Chen stated.

He added, "Jarvis is a game-changer for original equipment manufacturers (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."