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BlackBerry Outlines Framework to Secure Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/06/17 -- While the integration of technology and connectivity in automobiles greatly improves the driving experience, it also creates complex cybersecurity challenges for automakers. To address these new concerns, BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB)(TSX: BB) today laid out a recommended framework to harden connected and autonomous vehicles against cyberattacks.

"Protecting a car from cybersecurity threats requires a holistic approach," said Sandeep Chennakeshu, President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "Leveraging our experience as a leader in cybersecurity and embedded automotive software, BlackBerry has created a recommended framework to protect cars from cybersecurity threats. If followed, we believe vehicles will not only be secure but BlackBerry Secure."

Within this framework, automakers and their supply chains can deploy their technology choices to differentiate.BlackBerry's recommendation leverages the company's proven expertise in security and accounts for industry trends in connectivity and automated driving. The key points, outlined in the whitepaper titled "Cybersecurity for Automobiles: BlackBerry's 7-Pillar Recommendation," are summarized below. The full version of the whitepaper can be downloaded here.

1.  Secure the supply chain: Establish a root of trust by ensuring every
    chip and electronic control unit (ECU) in the automobile can be properly
    authenticated and loaded with trusted software, irrespective of vendor
    or manufacturer. Scan all software deployed for compliance to standards
    and required security posture. Conduct regular evaluations of the supply
    chain from a vulnerability and penetration testing perspective to ensure
    they are certified and "approved for delivery."

2.  Use trusted components:  Create a security architecture that is deeply
    layered in a defense in depth architecture, with secure hardware,
    software, and applications.

3.  Employ isolation and trusted messaging: Use an electronic system
    architecture that isolates safety critical and non-safety critical ECUs
    and can also "run-safe" when anomalies are detected. Additionally,
    ensure all communication between the electronics in the automobile and
    the external world are trusted and secure. Further, ECU-to-ECU
    communication needs to be trusted and secure.

4.  Conduct in-field health checks: Ensure all ECUs have integrated
    analytics and diagnostics software that can capture events, and are able
    to log and report the same to a cloud-based tool for further analysis
    and to initiate preventative actions. Moreover, automakers should
    confirm that a defined set of metrics can be scanned regularly when the
    car is in the field, as well as be able to take actions to address
    issues via secure over-the-air (OTA) software updates.

5.  Create a rapid incident response network: Share common vulnerabilities
    and exposures among a network of subscribing enterprises so expert teams
    can learn from each other and provide advisories and fixes in shorter
    time frames.

6.  Use a lifecycle management system: Proactively re-flash a vehicle with
    secure OTA software updates as soon as an issue is detected. Manage
    security credentials via active certificate management. Deploy unified
    endpoint policy management to manage applications downloaded over the
    lifetime of the car.

7.  Make safety and security a part of the culture: Ensure every
    organization involved in supplying auto electronics is trained in
    functional safety and security best practices to inculcate this culture
    within the organization.

BlackBerry has developed and is developing innovative technologies, tools, and services for each of these 7-Pillars. The company will demonstrate its vision for connected cars and autonomous vehicles at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 9-12 (Booth #7523, North Hall). For reporters interested in meeting with BlackBerry, please email mediarelations@blackberry.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbol "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

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