BlackBerry Adds New Quantum-Resistant Solution to its Cybersecurity Arsenal

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NEW YORK (October 4, 2018) – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced today that it is adding a quantum-resistant code signing server to its array of cryptography tools. The new solution will 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 Corporation, the leader in agile quantum-safe security solutions. The combination of BlackBerry and ISARA’s technology can protect software of long-lived assets – such as systems in critical infrastructure, industrial controls, aerospace and military electronics, telecommunications, transportation infrastructure, and connected cars – against an increasingly risky future when quantum computers will be able to easily break traditional code signing schemes.

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