BlackBerry Adds New Quantum-Resistant Solution to its Cybersecurity Arsenal

  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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