Latest Version of movianVPN also Features Expanded Support for Leading VPN Products and Popular Handheld Devices 

HAYWARD, Calif., October 16, 2001 - Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that it is shipping movianVPN™ 2.0 -- a new version of its broadly interoperable wireless virtual private network (VPN) client for handheld devices -- which provides the first VPN security solution for mobile devices using IEEE 802.11b, or Wi-Fi, wireless networks. movianVPN allows companies to extend critical enterprise applications such as e-mail and customer relationship management (CRM) tools to their mobile workers by connecting to corporate VPN gateways over 802.11b networks. 

"Wi-Fi networks are poised to become the de facto standard for wireless Internet connection for the mobile workforce. However, there have been concerns about the inherent security of the networks," said Robert Williams, Certicom's senior vice president, product development. "With Certicom's movianVPN 2.0, mobile professionals can use their handheld devices and confidently utilize 802.11b wireless networks to connect to corporate servers protected by VPN gateways. This breakthrough solution comes at a time when security for 802.11b networks is critical to ensure widescale adoption." 

While VPNs have been popular for several years, movianVPN is the first solution to truly extend wireless capabilities to the enterprise by interoperating with a vast array of the industry's leading installed VPN products. movianVPN 2.0 is adding support for leading VPN gateways by Avaya, Hewlett-Packard Company, Lucent, NetScreen and Secure Computing as well as popular handheld device platforms including Microsoft Windows Powered Handheld PC 2000 and Pocket PC, PalmOS® 3.5 and above and Microsoft's newly launched Pocket PC 2002. movianVPN 2.0 has been tested for interoperability with a number of leading 802.11b devices from Cisco Systems, HP, Intel, Lucent, Nortel Networks, and Xircom. 

"HP views the convergence of VPNs and mobile devices as a critical issue for the industry," said Ann Keffer, marketing manager, HP Server Appliances. "Mobile devices emphasize the need to extend VPNs to give remote users secure and reliable access to the corporate network from almost any location. Certicom's interoperability with HP VPN Server Appliance systems and HP Jornada handheld devices gives enterprise customers the assurance of a strong, secure, and flexible end-to-end solution for their mobile users." 

"The recent launch of Pocket PC 2002 has excited enterprise customers who want to deploy secure, reliable Windows Powered mobile solutions to improve their workforce productivity," said Douglas Dedo, group product manager of the Mobility Division at Microsoft Corp. "We are pleased that Certicom is providing its significant security and wireless expertise to their IPSec-based VPN solution for Pocket PCs." 

movianVPN is interoperable with versions of products from industry leaders including Alcatel, Cisco, Check Point Software Technologies, Intel, Nortel, Radguard, and Symantec. Today, Certicom is announcing that movianVPN now interoperates with the following VPN products bringing movianVPN coverage to 90% of the VPN market: 

  • Avaya VSU™ series
  • HP VPN Server Appliance 3000 systems
  • Lucent Firewall Brick family
  • NetScreen Family of network security products
  • Secure Computing Sidewinder™

"With Certicom's client, customers can implement secure, low-cost VPN connections for wireless handheld devices using NetScreen integrated security products," said David Flynn, NetScreen Technologies vice president of marketing. "This capability is critical to enterprises seeking to provide their mobile and wireless workers with time-critical information while maintaining a high standard of corporate security. We are pleased to be working with Certicom to extend the range of our NetScreen integrated security products to address both wired and wireless users." 

"Sidewinder and SafeWord™ PremierAccess™ have long had the reputation as an industry leaders in VPN interoperability," said Paul DeBernardi, director of product marketing at Secure Computing. "We are pleased that Certicom's VPN client interoperates with Sidewinder and SafeWord PremierAccess as they provide VPN customers with secure wireless Internet access from a range of handheld devices." 

In addition to other algorithms, movianVPN features support for elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) to enable fast connection performance. Certicom's ECC technology is ideally suited for securing wireless devices that are limited by low processing speed, network bandwidth, and battery power. Today, companies such as Alcatel, Cisco, Nortel and Intel have licensed ECC to offer faster performance for their customers. 

Additional Features

  • movianVPN 2.0 includes expanded features for gateways which support the Configuration Mode and Extended Authentication gateway standards, including previous support for two-factor authentication methods such as SecurID and SafeWord PremierAccess, split tunneling, dynamic IP allocation, and DNS server and suffix routing information. movianVPN 2.0 also adds support for the Perfect Forward Secrecy option of the IPSec protocol.
  • movianVPN 2.0 also includes IPSec over network address translation (NAT) capability for Cisco and Nortel gateways which allows secure communications to flow between a private network and a public network.

Companies who are looking at deploying movianVPN to provide strong security for their 802.11b wireless networks are leading companies from a variety of industries including aeronautical, healthcare, biotech, energy, finance and government. 

Mark Dunmeyer, manager, network architecture global infrastructure at Johnson Controls, a world leader in integrated facilities management said, "by equipping our field installation personnel with handheld devices and securing the communications with Certicom's movianVPN, we were able to improve our inventory management, increase our response time and deliver on our mission to continually exceed customers' increasing expectations." 

Pricing and Availability
movianVPN is available by download from Certicom's website for a 30-day commercial evaluation, after which a license must be purchased. Individual licenses start at $29.95 per seat on an annual subscription basis. The subscription enables use of the client for any available platform, access to support and the right to all product updates throughout the year. Site licenses start at 10 seats and higher. movianVPN is also available through third parties who will bundle the client with their own products because of the synergies it provides to the enterprise. For more information on site licenses, emailcontactsales@moviansecurity.com or call the movianVPN group at Certicom at (510) 780-5100. 

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, movian and movianVPN are trademarks 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, 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