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SONY LICENSES CERTICOM TECHNOLOGY FOR WAP MOBILE PHONES.

Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), Hayward, Calif., a provider of mobile e-commerce security, and Sony Digital Telecommunications Europe, have announced that Sony is utilizing Certicom's leading security technology in its first Internet-enabled Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) mobile phone for the European and Asian markets. Sony has licensed Certicom's market leading WTLS Plus to integrate into the WAP Browser ensuring that the delivery of critical, leading-edge content remains highly secure.

"Certicom's leadership in WAP and wireless enables Sony to provide our customers globally with strong security from a name that is trusted internationally," said Mick Kishida, Director of Business Planning at Sony's Digital Telecommunications Europe. "Certicom's experience in developing products that fit within the constraints and complexities of mobile devices lead to a sure fit for our WAP phones."

Sony's new WAP-enabled handset will target young, trendy professionals and will feature Microsoft's Mobile Explorer dual-mode browser to deliver the kind of compelling content associated with the Sony world of Vaio, music and digital imaging. By using Certicom's security technology in this browser, Sony will provide a more secure platform for protecting valuable electronic content from theft. Certicom's WTLS Plus provides the most advanced, standards-based, proven encryption available today.

As part of today's announced agreement, Sony will also use Certicom's Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology and will include support for Certicom's MobileTrust(TM) digital certificates in the new Sony WAP phone's security architecture. Supporting Certicom's MobileTrust root key in the security architecture will enable secure, authenticated WAP transactions like stock trading, wagering and banking.

"Certicom is thrilled with the opportunity to work with Sony on the launch of cutting-edge WAP phones for the European and Asian markets," said Richard Depew, Certicom Executive Vice President. "We believe the adoption of WAP phones in Europe is leading the world into the realm of the wireless Internet. Sony's global expertise and penetration will ensure that end users can quickly and safely send and receive content in their own native language."

About WTLS Plus

WTLS Plus combines Certicom's ECC, SSL, and embedded platform expertise to offer a highly efficient security solution designed specifically for wireless environments. The toolkit provides for plug-and-play integration, enabling WAP developers to add WTLS functionality rapidly and with confidence to their servers and constrained devices. It reduces cost by substantially shortening development schedules and helps ensure that sensitive applications achieve the highest industry standards for security. Certicom provides both - client and server - software required for an interoperable WAP security solution. WTLS Plus is compliant with the WTLS 1.1 specification developed by the WAP Forum.

About Sony Europe

Sony manufactures audio, video, communications and information technology products for the global consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to become a leading broadband network company in the 21st century. In Europe, Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of close to EUR 14.42 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Sony Europe, headquartered at the Sony Centre am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, is responsible for the company's European electronics business and registered consolidated sales of close to EUR 8.50 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Based in Munich, Sony Digital Telecommunication Europe is the European business unit responsible for the sales and marketing of Sony mobile telecommunications products. Sony Europe's homepage can be found at http://www.sony-europe.com.

About Certicom

Certicom is an encryption technology company specialising in security solutions for mobile computing and wireless data markets, including m- commerce. Major computing and communications companies such as BellSouth Wireless Data, Palm, Inc., Pitney Bowes, QUALCOMM, Research In Motion and Sony incorporate Certicom's technology into electronic commerce software, wireless messaging applications, and smart cards. Certicom is a leading source for a complete range of OEM security products and services, including cryptographic toolkits, custom implementations, and security integration services and consulting. Certicom's worldwide sales and marketing operations are based in Hayward, California, with cryptographic research and product development in Toronto, Canada.

For more information, visit Certicom's Web site at http://www.certicom.com or call 510/780-5417.
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Date:Oct 1, 2000
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