A partnership between VicOne and BlackBerry aims to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of the automotive ecosystem for OEMs. (Graphic: Business Wire)

In commercial and personal software-defined vehicles, machine learning at the vehicle edge is said to deliver security insights that enable early and precise intrusion detection.

DALLAS and TOKYO—Automotive cybersecurity firm VicOne is partnering with BlackBerry Limited to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of the automotive ecosystem.

By leveraging machine-learning (ML) processing at the edge and cloud-controlled access to vehicle data, the partnership will enable car manufacturers and software developers to investigate and distinguish costly cyberattacks from other non-malicious events in fewer steps, VicOne said in a release.

The combined BlackBerry IVY® and VicOne system is reported to provide accurate detection of cyberthreats through real-time analysis of on-board data.

VicOne’s xCarbon Sensor for IVY™, which offloads cloud computing and data traffic costs by computing locally, monitors software-defined vehicles (SDVs) for malicious activity or violations. This enables the vehicle security operations center (VSOC) to focus on a real cyber intrusion instead of false positive alerts. Together with VicOne’s xNexus, an XDR platform for automotive systems, the xCarbon Sensor for IVY visualizes attack paths across layers and electronic control units (ECUs), accurately and in real time, according to the release.

The joint BlackBerry IVY and VicOne xCarbon Sensor for IVY system is said to be particularly relevant to the automotive ecosystem today because SDVs heavily rely on software components from an increasingly diverse ecosystem of suppliers that generate huge amounts of data. Unlike traditional ML-based systems that only detect and report “anomaly of vehicle” and do not give sufficient information for reaction and response, xCarbon Sensor for IVY correlates vehicle signal data with additional ECU system telemetry data and relevant security events. As a result, it can provide early, precise, and actionable detection for next generation VSOC, the company said.

“Our combined capabilities enable the automotive ecosystem to more fully realize the world of opportunities and better manage the potential risks unlocked by SDVs,” said Vito Giallorenzo, senior vice president and general manager, BlackBerry IVY, in the release. “We share a common vision with VicOne of helping automakers deliver peace of mind to their customers. Our collaboration with VicOne is a clear signal to the automotive ecosystem that they have long-term partners that they can rely on throughout the evolution of the world’s vehicles.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with BlackBerry,” said Max Cheng, chief executive officer of VicOne, in the release. “Together, we’re using actionable and timely insights to enable the entire automotive ecosystem to stay ahead of cyberattacks that can have a devastating impact on revenue streams. As a pioneer at the forefront of detecting cyberthreats to connected cars, we’re helping the industry save time and reduce costs in delivering safer and more secure SDVs.”

VicOne has developed a broad portfolio of cybersecurity software and services for the automotive industry. Its systems are purpose-built to address the rigorous needs of automotive manufacturers and suppliers and are designed to secure and scale with the specialized demands of the modern vehicle, the company said. VicOne is a subsidiary of Trend Micro.