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CERTICOM LAUNCHES SUITE B WEB SECURITY POWER BUNDLE.

Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC), Mississauga, Ont., Canada, has launched the Suite B Web Security Power Bundle to make it easy for IT managers to attain Suite B and FIPS compliance with security modules for web browsers, servers, and key communication protocols. As part of the U.S. government's crypto modernization program, the National Security Agency (NSA) recommended that communication devices and services use a specific set of cryptographic algorithms, known as Suite B, to protect classified and unclassified communications. The private sector is also beginning to implement the Suite B algorithms in products and services as Suite B has redefined what is considered industry best practice for cryptographic implementations.

Certicom's family of Suite B products and services is the industry's most comprehensive set of cryptographic modules, including proven and optimized implementations for all of the Suite B requirements. The Certicom Suite B Web Security Power Bundle provides the cryptographic engines that include the necessary algorithms as well as the tools to help developers implement protocols (e.g. IPSec, TLS, SSL) that support Suite B.

Elements of Suite B include the following:

Encryption: Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) - FIPS 197 Digital Signature: Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) - FIPS 186-2

Key Exchange: Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) or Elliptic Curve Menezes-Qu-Vanstone (ECMQV) - Draft NIST Special Publication 800-56

Hashing: Secure Hash Algorithm-2 (SHA-2)- FIPS 180-2

"Elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) is the only public key used in Suite B, and therefore, is quickly replacing RSA algorithms as the de facto public key used in security mechanisms. In addition to governments in North America and in Europe adopting Suite B, a growing number of influential enterprises are implementing the algorithms and are encouraging widespread adoption," said Dr. Scott Vanstone, Certicom founder and EVP strategic technology. "The Certicom Suite B Power Bundles provide intuitive, flexible modules that provide easy implementation of security technology that is fully compliant with Suite B recommendations."

The driving force behind ECC is the need for stronger security that can hold its strength today and for decades to come. Also, because ECC offers more security per bit than other public-key algorithms, it doesn't compromise performance, a feature especially important in constrained environments such as mobile devices and chips. For years, organizations such as ANSI, IETF and NIST have been adding ECC to standards.

Certicom Suite B Web Security Power Bundle include the following:

- Security Builder(R) SSL(TM) mod-SSL plug-in for Apache: Certicom's cryptographic plug-in allows Apache web server to become Suite B compliant

- Certicom(R) Suite B CSP for Firefox(TM): Certicom's cryptographic plug-in allows Firefox browsers to become Suite B compliant

- Security Builder(R) GSE(TM): Allows client- and server-side applications to become FIPS 140-2 Validated

- Security Builder(R) IPSec(TM): A client-side module that enables developers to build standards-based VPN applications

- Security Builder(R) SSL(TM): A module that enables developers to add standards-based SSL and TLS protocols to client and server side applications

Certicom is known as the ECC pioneer and expert, having researched and developed ECC-based implementations and security for the past 20 years. In 1997, Certicom developed the industry's first toolkit to include ECC, which has since been adopted by more than 300 organizations.

About Certicom

Certicom protects the value of your content, applications and devices with government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security Agency (NSA) for classified and sensitive but unclassified government communications, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provides the most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the undisputed leader in ECC, Certicom security offerings are currently licensed to more than 300 customers including General Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle, Research In Motion and Unisys. Founded in 1985, Certicom's corporate offices are in Mississauga, ON, Canada with worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in Reston, VA and offices in the US, Canada and Europe.

For more information, visit http://www.certicom.com or call 613/271-7512.
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