With BlackBerry hosting their Security Summit today in London, the company has now taken the wraps off of two new cybersecurity services they'll be offering to help with GDPR compliance and mitigating security risks in connected automobiles.

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.

For BlackBerry, the prospect here comes by way of article 37 of the GDPR which requires organisations to have a partner go through all of the GDPR process with them, which BlackBerry can offer:

"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."

The other cybersecurity service announced comes by way of the automotive sector, which BlackBerry has already signed on Spring Cloud, a supplier of autonomous driving AI platforms in South Korea, to be the first partner to work with BlackBerry to provide the new cybersecurity consulting services to a range of automotive technology providers.

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."

With the addition of these two new consulting services, it's easy to see BlackBerry is making moves to get well ahead of the cybersecurity problems that are arising on a daily basis. Laying the groundwork to help organizations with GDPR well ahead of time makes them readily available to assist and the automotive security market is only going to get hotter and hotter as things become more connected.

BlackBerry Launches New Cybersecurity Services to Safeguard People, Privacy and Assets

BLACKBERRY SECURITY SUMMIT, LONDON – October 24, 2017 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today 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.

Information about BlackBerry's new GDPR consulting services is available at blackberry.com/GDPR.

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.

BlackBerry has provided cybersecurity solutions to clients in government and banking since the mid-90s. With the acquisition of QNX in 2010, the company's expertise expanded into safety-critical systems in automotive, healthcare, energy and manufacturing. Today, BlackBerry Cybersecurity Consulting provides a holistic cybersecurity approach to help all enterprises manage complex security structures and mission-critical systems around the world.

For more information on BlackBerry Cybersecurity Consulting and the company's services, please visit www.blackberry.com/cybersecurity.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbol "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.