Certicom will Provide Advanced Over-the-Air Encryption for Novarra's Wireless Web Enterprise Suite

INTERNET WORLD WIRELESS 2001, NEW YORK, NY, February 22, 2001 - Novarra, Inc. (Arlington Heights, Ill.), a leading provider of instant wireless software empowering the mobile workforce with wireless access to eBusiness applications, today announced an agreement with Certicom to deliver end-to-end security for Novarra's WirelessWeb Enterprise Suite. Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC) is a leading provider of mobile e-business security.

Novarra has licensed Certicom's Security Builder cryptographic toolkit to deploy over-the-air encryption with Novarra's instant wireless software solution for the enterprise. Incorporating Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology, Security Builder enables strong, scaleable security for virtually every piece of computing infrastructure and is optimized for wireless environments. The alliance with Certicom assures Novarra's customers that the advanced security levels they experience with their desktop eBusiness solutions will now be instantly extended to wireless devices.

"Novarra is committed to providing the enterprise with world-class software that affords the most secure, instant wireless access to eBusiness applications," said Matt Trapani, executive vice president and co-founder of Novarra. "Through our partnership with Certicom, Novarra is able to minimize security risks and provide our customers with secure wireless access to their sensitive business information." 

Novarra's WirelessWeb Enterprise Suite utilizes five different types of security to ensure safe access to and transmission of enterprise information to mobile devices. By providing behind the firewall deployment, user authentication and device authorization, Internet and over-the-air wireless encryption using Certicom's powerful ECC, Novarra delivers end-to-end security. 

Novarra's software offers a complete solution for enterprises by enabling instant wireless interaction to eBusiness applications from multiple handheld devices, over any wireless network, and without changing existing applications. Novarra's patent-pending software technology manages wireless connectivity and instantly adapts desktop-centric Web content for a high-quality mobile user experience on small-screened devices. Novarra's WirelessWeb microBrowser is a user interface for handheld devices that enables devices to interact with Internet content for dynamic and offline use. 

"Novarra is an exciting young company that provides cutting-edge software that enables today's wireless generation with new choices for instant access capability," said Prakash Panjwani, vice president, business development for Certicom. "Certicom's high performance ECC security combined with Novarra's WirelessWeb Enterprise Suite will help to extend the possibilities of wireless communication for the mobile worker."

About ECC
Developed for a broad range of computing platforms and maximum interoperability, Certicom's Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology enables strong, high performance security for virtually every piece of the computing infrastructure, including the new generation of small form-factor products such as handheld computers, pagers, cell phones and smart cards. Certicom's patented implementation of ECC technology provides a more efficient alternative to conventional public key cryptographic algorithms in many mobile and wireless environments, allowing for faster processing speed, reduced bandwidth usage and decreased battery requirements. These advantages make Certicom's ECC-based security technology particularly well suited to mobile devices that incorporate less powerful processors, such as handheld computing devices, Internet-enabled phones and two-way pagers.

About Novarra
Novarra, Inc. provides enterprises with the fastest speed-to-wireless, empowering the mobile workforce with wireless access to eBusiness applications. Novarra's patent-pending software offers a complete solution that adapts web-based applications to handheld devices, manages wireless connectivity and delivers end-to-end security. Novarra's WirelessWeb Enterprise Suite simply plugs into an organization's existing eBusiness infrastructure to deliver instant wireless interaction with handheld devices. With Novarra, enterprises leverage eBusiness investments while gaining the competitive advantage of an always-connected mobile workforce. For more information, visit

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 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, 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

Certicom and Security Builder 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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Lorraine Kauffman Elizabeth Safran
Certicom Corporation Lutchansky Communications for Certicom
(510) 780-5417 (408) 938-9050 x25


Erica LeBorgne Christine Attalla
Novarra, Inc. Edelman PR
(847) 368-7800 (312) 240-2722