BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) introduced new cybersecurity consulting services aimed at enabling enterprise GDPR compliance and mitigating security risks in connected automobiles that threaten personal and public safety.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Set to go into effect May 2018, and 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. BlackBerry Cybersecurity Consulting 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.
“Having been engaged with the EU Justice Directorate-General since 2012, we understand the GDPR requirements and have developed expertise to help address the full range of GDPR implications for enterprises, from situational assessment to offering DPO (Data Protection Officer) -as-a-service,” said Carl Wiese, Global Head of Sales, BlackBerry. “In addition to consulting services, we provide many necessary software solutions, making BlackBerry a one-stop shop for GDPR compliance.”
Article 37 of the GDPR requires organisations to have a dedicated DPO to oversee the company’s data protection strategy. The IAPP estimates over 27,000 DPOs will be needed to address that requirement.
Automotive Cybersecurity Consulting Services
Cybersecurity is top of mind for automakers as new technology and more connectivity is introduced to modern cars. 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.
“When it comes to connected cars, there is no safety without security,” continued Weise. “BlackBerry’s cybersecurity consulting practice builds on decades of experience in information security, data protection and cyber-resilience to support our clients in protecting their most valuable assets. As hacking evolves and new threats arise, our new cybersecurity consulting services will help play a critical role in the development of secure 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.