HAYWARD, Calif., August 28, 2001 - Certicom, (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that ALSTOM ESCA, the Energy Management and Markets (EMM) Business of ALSTOM (NYSE: ALS), has licensed Certicom's SSL Plus technology in order to provide security for its Internet communications Data Processing Gateway (DPG) software. ALSTOM ESCA is the global leader in providing energy information technology solutions. 

"The integration of Certicom's security technology in ALSTOM's software will provide an advanced, secure software infrastructure, enabling companies to conduct safe and reliable transactions across the Internet and other global networks," said JD Hammerly, Vice President of ALSTOM ESCA. "Certicom delivers the high-degree of security necessary to deliver real-time production information," Hammerly added. "We are confident that together, we can deliver the software solution CAISO needs to bring stability to the California market." 

By securing ALSTOM's DPG application, Certicom will enable ALSTOM to participate in a critical statewide telemetry project run by the California Independent Systems Operator (CAISO). This data collection project will allow the 300 energy-generating companies across the State of California to communicate directly with CAISO's Energy Management System (EMS), thereby providing information on real-time production availability. 

According to the rules and regulations of CAISO's data collection project, all energy-generating facilities in the State of California are required to secure their communications with SSL protocol encryption technology to communicate information between their data processing gateways and CAISO's EMS. By leveraging Certicom's SSL Plus technology, ALSTOM's DPG software will be able to provide superior user authentication and security over the Internet. 

"ALSTOM ESCA is one of the leading global companies in the energy market today," said Prakash Panjwani, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Certicom. "ALSTOM's selection of Certicom's trusted SSL Plus technology reinforces our position as a leading security provider and reflects how Certicom helps it customers meet the specific needs and requirements of their respective vertical markets." 

About SSL Plus
Certicom's SSL Plus toolkit is the industry's most widely deployed commercial SSL protocol product, due largely to its ease of use, rapid development time, and support for standard security protocols, including RSA, DSA/Diffie-Hellman, and elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) - the only SSL implementation with that capability. Certicom's SSL Plus toolkit is used by leading companies such as Agilent, BEA, Citrix, Juno, Nortel, Oracle and Sybase to build security into a wide range of applications and products for the Internet, intranets, and corporate networks - from traditional Web browsers and servers to home banking products, handheld devices and legacy mainframes. 

ALSTOM's Energy Management and Markets Business unit ALSTOM ESCA is based in Bellevue, Washington. ALSTOM ESCA pioneered the development of product-based, real-time control systems for electric utilities and markets its products to the energy industry as well as other industries worldwide. ALSTOM ESCA is a subsidiary of ALSTOM, a world leader in the energy and transport infrastructure markets. http://www.esca.com

ALSTOM is the global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure. The Company serves the energy market through its activities in the fields of power generation, power transmission and distribution, power conversion; and the transport market through its activities in high speed rail, urban transit systems, cruise ships and other marine vessels. Following the sale of its electrical contracting activity, finalized on July 20, 2001, ALSTOM has annual sales in excess of $20 billion and employs more than 120,000 people in over 70 countries. The Company is listed on the New York (NYSE: ALS), Paris, and London stock exchanges. In the US, ALSTOM employs more than 7,000 people and has annual sales exceeding $4 billion. http://www.alstom.com

About Certicom
Certicom is a leading provider of information security software and services, specializing in solutions for mobile e-business. The company's products and services are specifically designed to address the challenges imposed by a wireless data environment. Certicom's solutions incorporate its efficient encryption technology and are based on industry standards for information security that utilize public key cryptography. Certicom's products are currently licensed to more than 200 customers including Cisco Systems, Inc., Handspring Inc., Motorola, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Inc., Palm, Inc., QUALCOMM, Inc., Research In Motion Ltd., Sony International (Europe) GmbH and Verizon Communications Inc. Certicom's headquarters and worldwide sales and marketing operations are based in the Silicon Valley in Hayward. For more information, visit Certicom's Web site at http://www.certicom.com.

Certicom and SSL Plus are 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, 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 principal 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 fourth 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. 

For further information, please contact: 

Lorraine Kauffman Carol Paterson
Corporate Communications Lois Paul & Partners (for Certicom)
Certicom Corp. (415) 262-1908
(510) 780-5417 carol_paterson@lpp.com