Companies to Address Mobile Operators Worldwide
LONDON, January 30, 2001 - Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, and Lucent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: LU), a global leader in broadband and mobile Internet, today announced an alliance to jointly develop secure solutions for Lucent's mobile Internet offerings worldwide. The development effort will focus on end-to-end solutions that provide superior user authentication and security to enable safe and secure transactions between the growing base of mobile Internet devices and the Internet.
The Certicom alliance is the latest tangible example of Lucent's strategy to equip its mobile network operator customers with the capabilities for rapid revenue generation, specifically with secure mobile commerce (m-commerce) services. Certicom's products and services extend standard Internet PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) security to mobile devices such as smart cards, mobile phones and handheld computers. By jointly developing end-to-end solutions for a wide range of mobile devices, Lucent will be able to provide businesses with secure access to their corporate networks and provide consumers with secure m-commerce services.
The agreement enables Lucent to offer Certicom's industry-leading security products, such as WTLS Plus(tm) for WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) implementations, Security Builder(r) cryptographic toolkit, Trustpoint(tm) PKI products, and the MobileTrust(tm) managed certificate service as part of Lucent's MiLife Mobile ISP solution, a Lucent Bell Labs-developed applications platform.
"When combined with our mobile Internet portfolio, Certicom's security solutions will allow us to deliver a comprehensive and secure mobile Internet package to our wireless operator customers," said Mike Sajor, Lucent's director of Mobile Internet markets. "Certicom's innovations offer the highest level of security for the widest variety of devices and appliances. Together we will help mobile operators address the concerns that consumers and IT managers have when conducting business over wireless connections."
Unlike today's personal computers, current mobile devices have limited memory, battery capacity and processing power, which prevent the adoption of technology that enables secure transactions on the wired Internet. These technologies include standard HTML browsers with embedded PKI certificates and security algorithms. Certicom has pioneered the use of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), a mobile virtual private network (VPN) client and a wireless PKI Portal to provide multiple levels of security.
By using Certicom's proprietary ECC technology, the limitations of current mobile devices are removed, allowing Internet PKI security to be delivered straight to the mobile device. ECC is the smallest, fastest and most efficient cryptographic algorithm available today that dramatically reduces the processing power and memory requirements needed to ensure that security operations are executed on the smart card or mobile device in real-time.
The Certicom handheld VPN client is specifically built for today's mobile devices and is the first mobile VPN client to inter-operate with a wide range of popular VPN systems, allowing organizations to conduct safe and reliable electronic business transactions across the Internet from popular handheld devices to their corporate VPNs.
Certicom's Trustpoint wireless PKI Portal bridges the wired and wireless PKI worlds. The Trustpoint PKI Portal allows companies to manage the security needs of desktop PCs, handheld devices, RIM pagers, HTML PDAs, cHTML phones and WAP-enabled phones, from a centralized point of control.
"The market for mobile products and services is predicted to explode," said Rick Dalmazzi, president and CEO of Certicom. "Working with Lucent, an established leader in the mobile communications world, provides Certicom a great opportunity to bring our industry leading end-to-end mobile security solutions to mobile Internet applications around the world."
About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, software, silicon and services for next generation communications networks for service providers and enterprises. Backed by the research and development of Bell Labs, Lucent focuses on high-growth areas such as broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure; communications software; communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; Web-based enterprise solutions that link private and public networks; and professional network design and consulting services. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at http://www.lucent.com.
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 proprietary 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 150 customers including ePocrates, Inc., Motorola, Inc., NeoPoint, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Inc., Palm, Inc., Pixo, Inc., QUALCOMM, Inc., Research In Motion Ltd. and Sony International (Europe) GmbH. 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, MobileTrust, Security Builder, Trustpoint and WTLS Plus 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 (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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