BlackBerry has introduced a new software solution to quickly identify vulnerabilities, and the company is pitching the software at automakers first, citing “urgent use cases” as cars become more internet-connected.

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Jarvis is a “game changing cybersecurity product,” BlackBerry claims. The software is a “one-of-its-kind cloud-based static binary code scanning solution that identifies vulnerabilities in software used in automobiles.”

According to BlackBerry, “Jarvis scans and delivers deep actionable insights in minutes, what would otherwise involve manually scanning that will take large numbers of experts and an impractical amount of time.”

This software can be used in a number of industries — BlackBerry cites healthcare, defense, aerospace, and industrial automation as possible beneficiaries — but the company’s initial concern is the auto industry.

Cars Getting Connected

Car hacking is becoming a great concern as more vehicles go online, and it’s an issue that will only become much more prominent as the industry moves further toward self-driving cars.

[Hackers are already getting into cars with keyless entry systems. Check out our article on Protecting Your Keyless Car From Relay Attacks.]

BlackBerry points out that the auto industry presents a specific challenge with complex software being used to run hundreds of components, from different suppliers. Jarvis can be customized for an entire software supply chain, and the software will be able to both assess existing software and scan any new software that may be under consideration.

Jarvis has already been tested with automakers. Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth claims Jarvis reduced the time to assess code from 30 days to seven minutes.

It’s clear BlackBerry sees cybersecurity for interconnected and self-driving cars as an area of focus moving forward. As Reuters notes, the company has recently announced deals or partnerships with Delphi Automotive, Chinese search firm Baidu Inc, Qualcomm, Ford, and auto supplier Denso — with all announcements related to either self-driving tech or the automotive industry at large.

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