Wysdom Licenses Certicom's High Performance WTLS Technology to Enable Advanced Security for the Mobyle Application Platform (MAP) 

HAYWARD and SAN JOSE, Calif., January 4, 2001 - Wysdom, Inc., wireless software and infrastructure company, and Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced an agreement to provide secure, cutting-edge wireless applications to the financial services, media/publishing, travel and wireless telecommunications industries. Wysdom has licensed Certicom's industry leading WTLS Plus(tm) (Wireless Transport Layer Security) to enable secure communications through a variety of Internet-enabled devices, including personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile phones and pagers.

"Certicom's leadership in wireless enables Wysdom to provide our customers with strong security from a name that is trusted internationally," said Peter Cauchi, vice president of business development - Internet, Wysdom, Inc. "Together with Certicom's high performance security, we will provide our enterprise customers with the highest level of security in the wireless industry."

Wysdom's Mobyle Application Platform (MAP) provides a messaging hub that delivers messages to the majority of wireless devices in North America and worldwide. It allows for multiple carrier connectivity, can be integrated with most enterprise applications and accepts all industry-standard protocols. 

Certicom's WTLS Plus provides the most advanced, standards-based, proven encryption available today. WTLS Plus enables Certicom to offer customers secure wireless e-commerce and enterprise solutions over multiple wireless networks and devices and across WAP, GSM and smart card technologies. 

"We are pleased to be working with Wysdom, provider of a cutting-edge wireless software platform for content providers extending their data to handhelds," said Prakash Panjwani, Certicom vice president, business development. "Certicom's WTLS technology provides an efficient security solution, which allows users to perform highly-confidential transactions in a wireless setting."

About Wysdom, Inc. 

Wysdom is a wireless software and infrastructure company that enables its customers to offer comprehensive, user-centric mobile products and services. Wysdom licenses its Mobyle Application Platform(tm) to enterprises, e-businesses and carriers allowing them to deploy applications that empower users to manage information, commerce and communications on any device. Founded in 1999, Wysdom employs more than 250 wireless experts in San Jose, Boston, London, Montreal and Toronto. For more information, please visit http://www.wysdom.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 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 125 customers including ePocrates, Inc., Motorola, Inc., NeoPoint, 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 and WTLS Plus 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.

For further information, please contact: 

Lorraine Kauffman Leah Kilfoyle
Public Relations Manager Public Relations Manager
Certicom Corp. Wysdom, Inc.
(510) 780-5417 (905) 763-6979 x2265
lkauffman@certicom.com lkilfoyle@wysdom.com