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Certicom Announces Availability of the MobileTrust(TM) Certificate Authority, the Industry's First CA to Enable Secure Real Time Transactions from Wireless Internet Devices.

Certicom's MobileTrust CA is the First to Support Elliptic Curve

Cryptography (ECC) Certificates, Enabling Secure E-Commerce, Healthcare

and Enterprise Applications for Mobile Phones, Pagers and PDA's

PKS 2000, SAN JOSE, CA, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/

- Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-commerce security, today announced the availability of the Certicom MobileTrust(TM) Certificate Authority, the first in the industry to provide Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) digital certificates. ECC is the smallest, fastest, and most efficient cryptographic algorithm available today and, as a result, is the practical choice to secure wireless applications on platforms with limited memory, battery capacity, and bandwidth. Today's announcement brings to mobile consumers the benefit of the numerous digital signature laws that have passed worldwide, giving consumers and businesses the ability to close contracts with digital signatures. By providing digital certificates for ECC-based platforms, Certicom's MobileTrust CA will enable individuals to conduct legally binding transactions from their wireless and handheld Internet appliances.

"For years, Certicom has been providing trusted encryption to many of the industry's foremost developers of mobile and wireless applications and devices, and the clear benefits of our ECC technology have been acknowledged worldwide," said Rick Dalmazzi, President and CEO of Certicom. "Our MobileTrust Certificate Authority Center now provides the market with a trusted end-to-end security solution for digitally signed transactions, a crucial component in securing sensitive, private transactions on today's wireless Internet. Developers of leading mobile commerce solutions can now write applications that their customers can trust for carrying out critical business transactions on mobile devices."

The Rise of the Digital Signature

In recent months, many congressional acts designed to give digital signatures the same legitimacy as physical signatures have been passed worldwide - including the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June and set to take effect on October 1, 2000. These laws allow consumers and businesses to enter contractual agreements via remote or wireless devices using the Internet and digital signatures.

A digital signature is a credential, issued by a trusted authority, that individuals or organizations can present electronically to prove their identity or their right to access information. Digital certificates are the basis for ensuring trust in transactions where valuable information passes from one computing device to another. Certificates allow users to authenticate other users and to sign their transactions with legally binding signatures. MobileTrust's certificates offer users the security they need to leverage the Internet for confidential communications and extends their reach to do business anywhere they go on the Wireless Internet.

ECC Provides the Key

Low processing speed, network bandwidth, and battery power limit wireless and mobile devices. Elliptic Curve Cryptography's uniqueness amongst its crypto peers comes from its amazing efficiency. ECC's cryptographic strength on a bit by bit basis is far greater than any other public key alternative. This means that ECC can offer security equal in strength to older cryptographic methods but with far smaller key sizes. Smaller key sizes translates into less computational overhead, which in turn results in lower processing requirements. In practical terms, ECC is the only public key algorithm that allows key generation on any mobile device, allowing for non- repudiation of transactions. This means that for the first time in the industry, consumers will be able to conduct business transactions from wireless devices that are legally binding.

MobileTrust certificates use Certicom's efficient implementation of ECC to maximize the performance of mobile devices and servers by reducing bandwidth usage and accelerating the processing of cryptographic calculations such as digital signatures. With faster processing speed comes user satisfaction - customers see more responsive applications and application developers can offer richer feature sets without compromising security.

Certicom's MobileTrust CA Service

Certicom's MobileTrust CA Service enables hassle-free deployment of client and server certificates for secure wireless transactions. MobileTrust managed PKI services let enterprises outsource the most difficult and costly functions of its PKI-based architecture, while retaining full control of security decisions. The MobileTrust CA provides industry standard certificates for SSL and WTLS security protocols and enables state-of-the-art applications like stock trading, banking, e-commerce, enterprise, secure e-mail and healthcare applications.

The MobileTrust CA center is a highly secure facility with multiple layers of physical and electronic protection. Certicom has partnered with Chrysalis-ITS to produce new ECC-enabled Luna CA(3) secure hardware for management of MobileTrust's root signing keys. Luna CA(3), a FIPS 140-1 Level 3 token, is the world's most trusted key management device. The new Luna CA(3) product enabled with Certicom's ECC technology will be available exclusively through Certicom.

Strong Industry Support

Today's vision of the digital signature revolution is shared by industry leaders who are working with Certicom to enable tomorrow's cutting edge wireless solutions. Certicom's MobileTrust has already been adopted by companies including 724 Solutions, Aether Systems, ePocrates, MoneyStream and Sybase. Many companies, including Neomar, QUALCOMM, Research In Motion and Sony, have been deploying the MobileTrust root certificate into their applications and devices, which will immediately allow their end user customers the ability to obtain and use certificates from trusted servers.

"As an Internet infrastructure software provider serving financial institutions with more than 156 million customers worldwide, it is essential that our platform includes an optimal end-to-end security system," said Greg Wolfond, chief executive office of 724 Solutions. "We view MobileTrust technology as an important piece of the wireless infrastructure that will enable signed business transactions from essentially any device."

"MobileTrust will put strong security in the hands of millions of mobile users," said Larry Roshfeld, Senior Vice President, Software Products of Aether Systems, Inc. "Aether has been using Certicom technology to enable high value wireless transactions like stock trading in our AIM products, and we look forward to adding MobileTrust service to the array of security solutions we offer our enterprise customers."

"MoneyStream endorses MobileTrust to provide authentication and privacy for our electronic payment gateways," said Joey Roa, Vice President of e- Business for MoneyStream Services. "MoneyStream will act as a registration authority for MobileTrust to enable issuance of client certificates for our payment processing solutions. This trusted infrastructure puts MoneyStream on the cutting edge - simplifying and securing the way our customers move money."

"At Motorola, we want our customers to be able to carry out secure wireless transactions from mobile devices, anytime, anywhere," said Yvonne Verse, Vice President and Director, Data Solutions Platform Technology and 3rd Party Developer Support, of Motorola's Personal Networks Group. "As part of our commitment to delivering a 'web without wires,' Motorola is building support for secure m-commerce into a wide range of our wireless devices. Certicom's MobileTrust certificate services will enable the next wave in innovative wireless developments."

"The Pixo Internet Microbrowser makes it possible to access virtually any Internet site to buy goods and services," said Rich Rifredi, Vice President of Marketing at Pixo, Inc. "Consumers expect even more security for financial transactions made over mobile phones, which is why Pixo will offer its customers a trusted, end-to-end security solution through Certicom's MobileTrust."

"Research In Motion will include Certicom's MobileTrust root keys in our RIM Wireless handhelds(TM) to enable end-to-end mobile commerce solutions," said David Yach, Vice President, Software at Research In Motion. "Our alliance with Certicom helps put RIM at the forefront of wireless communications by ensuring RIM handhelds can deliver trusted and secure transactions over the wireless Internet."

"As the mobile computing market leader with over 5 million deployed seats worldwide, we recognize the important role of security in the delivery of mobile and wireless enterprise applications," said Brian Vink, Vice President of Marketing for Sybase's iAnywhere Solutions. "We built the MobileTrust root into our m-business platform to ensure our customers have the highest level of security for their enterprise m-business solutions."

Pricing & Availability

The MobileTrust CA service is now issuing certificates. For information on pricing, please contact Certicom at 510.780.5400 or visit the MobileTrust Website at

About Certicom

Certicom is an Internet security company specializing in solutions for mobile computing and wireless data applications. Major computing and communications companies such as BellSouth Wireless Data, Motorola, Palm, Inc., Pitney Bowes, QUALCOMM, Research In Motion and Sony use Certicom's technology to enable secure e-commerce transactions and enterprise applications. Certicom is a leading source for a complete range of security products and services, including cryptographic toolkits, security protocols, PKI and VPN products and professional services. Certicom's headquarters and worldwide sales and marketing operations are based in the Silicon Valley in Hayward, California, with cryptographic research and product development in Toronto, Canada. For more information, visit Certicom's Web site at

Certicom and MobileTrust(TM) are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Certicom Corp. All other companies and products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Except for historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, those relating to the acceptance of mobile and wireless devices and the continued growth of e-commerce and m-commerce (mobile e-commerce), the increase of the demand for mutual authentication in m- commerce transactions, the acceptance of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology as an industry standard, the market acceptance of our principle products and sales of our customer's products, the impact of competitive products and technologies, the possibility of our products infringing patents and other intellectual property of third parties, and costs of product development. Certicom will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect Certicom's financial results is included in the documents Certicom files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities including Certicom's current Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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