BlackBerry announced it is adding a quantum-resistant code signing server to its cryptography tools. The new solution is designed to allow software to be digitally signed using a scheme that will be hard to break with a quantum computer.
“Quantum computing will solve groundbreaking problems in healthcare, transportation, astrophysics, government, and many other fields; however, it also gives bad actors the potential to crack traditional public key cryptosystems and then attack the underlying data they protect,” said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. “By adding the quantum-resistant code signing server to our cybersecurity tools, we will be able to address a major security concern for industries that rely on assets that will be in use for a long time. If your product, whether it’s a car or critical piece of infrastructure, needs to be functional 10-15 years from now, you need to be concerned about quantum computing attacks.”
Available in November 2018, BlackBerry’s new quantum-resistant code signing server uses cryptographic libraries from ISARA Corp. The combination of BlackBerry and ISARA’s technology is designed to protect software of long-lived assets—such as systems in critical infrastructure, industrial controls, aerospace and military electronics, telecommunications, transportation infrastructure, and connected cars.
“Within the next eight to 10 years, experts estimate there will be a large-scale quantum computer capable of breaking today’s public key cryptography. The work we’re doing with BlackBerry will give industries with durable connected devices the tools needed to secure their systems now and into the future,” said Mike Brown, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder at ISARA.
BlackBerry also announced that it is partnering with Virginia Tech to train engineers on its QNX technology, which protects hardware, software, applications, and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks.
As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will help advance the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s connected and autonomous vehicle research and provide hands-on training with BlackBerry QNX software. Additionally, BlackBerry has provided its QNX technology for use in Virginia Tech’s autonomous vehicle concept cars that are competing in the international AutoDrive Challenge under the Team Victor Tango banner.