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QNX and Certicom Unite Security Expertise in Automotive

Partnership to bring strong security capabilities to automotive software applications and electronic components.

DETROIT, TU-Automotive Detroit 2015, Booth C92, June 3 QNX Software Systems and Certicom Corp., subsidiaries of BlackBerry Limited, are working jointly to bring strong cryptography and entity authentication to the automotive industry. QNX Software Systems is an established leader in automotive infotainment and telematics, with OS and middleware technology deployed in more than 50 million vehicles. Certicom is an applied cryptography and key management specialist enabling end-to-end security for smart, connected devices. Through their partnership, the two divisions will provide a comprehensive security framework for automakers and automotive tier one suppliers, with pre-integrations that simplify the manufacture and deployment of secure, connected vehicles.

In-vehicle electronics are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attack, and attack surfaces continue to grow with the use of telematics systems, Wi-Fi hotspots, apps, and brought-in devices. Cryptography protects not only vehicle software, but also electronic components, by ensuring that messages between components come from authentic devices and have not been tampered with.

Certicoms security solutions for vehicles include portable cryptography toolkits, a managed certificate service to manage device identity, and the Certicom Asset Management System (AMS), which provides secure key distribution during the manufacturing process. Customers can use Certicom technology to provision a component with a secure key at the time of manufacture, then manage electronic subsystem keys throughout the vehicles lifespan to secure module communications and to ensure that air bags, brake control modules, and other safety-critical components are not counterfeited, but manufactured by trusted OEM suppliers.

QNX Software Systems and Certicom have collaborated successfully to secure high-volume telematics systems and now, we are bringing our combined expertise to a wider range of customers who are building on-board electronic devices, including those that run other operating systems, said Jim Alfred, vice president, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, Certicom. Using our capabilities in concert provides manufacturers with a security framework they can leverage across the entire vehicle. Connected cars require faster development cycles, with security that is designed in from the start not added as an afterthought. Our products offer a proven platform for achieving this.

Our collaboration with Certicom addresses a critical need for security expressed by automakers and their suppliers, particularly as vehicles become more connected and autonomous, said Andrew Poliak, director of business development, QNX Software Systems. The government-approved, multi-platform security of Certicoms technologies complements the inherent security capabilities of QNX OS technology, which include a highly resilient microkernel architecture and fine-grained control of system privilege levels. Together, we are working to enable the comprehensive security needed for the reliable operation and mass adoption of the connected car.

This week, at TU-Automotive Detroit 2015, QNX Software Systems will showcase its automotive solutions for infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), as well as BlackBerrys latest over-the-air (OTA) software update technology. Visit booth C92.

About Certicom
Certicom, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, manages and protects the value of content, applications, and devices with government-approved security. Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provides the most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the global leader in ECC, Certicom has licensed its security offerings to hundreds of multinational technology companies, including IBM, General Dynamics, and SAP. Founded in 1985, Certicoms corporate office is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales offices in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Visit www.certicom.com

About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, is a leading vendor of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, Siemens, General Electric, Cisco, and Lockheed Martin depend on QNX technology for their in-car electronics, medical devices, industrial automation systems, network routers, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Visit www.qnx.com, and follow @QNX_News on Twitter. For updates on the companys automotive work, follow @QNX_Auto and visit qnxauto.blogspot.com

About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols BB on the Toronto Stock Exchange and BBRY on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

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