BlackBerry has introduced new cybersecurity consulting services aimed at enabling enterprise GDPR* compliance and mitigating security risks in connected automobiles that threaten personal and public safety. The consulting company will guide organisations through the process of understanding how to manage company data, how GDPR* applies to the organisation, and how to achieve a competitive readiness posture.
As more connectivity features get added in the cars, cybersecurity of the car has become very crucial and is on top of mind for automakers. According to Automotive Cybersecurity and Connected Car Report from IHS Automotive, there are nearly 112 million vehicles now connected around the world and the global market for automotive cybersecurity is expected to grow to $759 million USD in 2023. BlackBerry will now offer new services directly and through a new partner program aimed at helping to eliminate security vulnerabilities within connected and autonomous vehicles.
Spring Cloud, a supplier of autonomous driving AI platforms in South Korea, will be the first partner to work with BlackBerry to provide the new cybersecurity consulting services to a range of automotive technology providers. BlackBerry has provided cybersecurity solutions to clients in government and banking since the mid-90s. With the acquisition of QNX in 2010, the company’s expertise expanded into safety-critical systems in automotive, healthcare, energy and manufacturing. Today, BlackBerry Cybersecurity Consulting provides a holistic cybersecurity approach to help all enterprises manage complex security structures and mission-critical systems around the world.
*It is known that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) —set to go into effect May 2018— is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). It is applicable to any enterprise controlling or processing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of European Union residents, GDPR demands major changes to the ways organisations may collect, use, and store PII about customers and employees.