Certicom to Secure Mobile Enterprise Applications on Nokia Communicator Phones Built on Symbian OS 

Editor's Note: movianVPN will be showcased on the Nokia 9200 Communicator Series at CeBit in Hanover, Germany March 13-20, 2002 and at CTIA in Orlando, Florida from March 18 - 21, 2002. 

LONDON, UK and HAYWARD, Calif., March 19, 2002 - Certicom, (NASDAQ: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that its popular movianVPN™ client, the industry's first virtual private network for wireless devices, will be available on the Nokia 9210, Nokia 9210i and Nokia 9290 Communicator. movianVPN enables companies to leverage their existing VPN infrastructures to extend critical enterprise applications such as email and customer resource management (CRM) tools to mobile professionals using popular Symbian OS-based devices. 

Certicom's movianVPN for Symbian OS-based devices is an IPsec compatible VPN client that provides true end-to-end security from handheld devices to the corporate Intranet. The Symbian OS has been designed as an advanced, open, standard operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. The Symbian OS-based Nokia 9200 Communicator Series combines a wireless phone with a high-resolution color display, email, fax, web browser, and multi-media capabilities. This advanced communication device supports commonly used PC office applications as well as mobile Java (J2ME). 

"With VPN compatibility, the Nokia 9200 Communicator Series takes a quantum leap in serving the needs of enterprises with high security needs," said Teijo Heistola, General Manager, Corporate Sales, Nokia Mobile Phones. "Certicom's solution will greatly expand the VPN client choice for the Nokia 9200 Communicator for enterprises that use the Internet as a daily tool. This will complement Nokia's own client which will be available later this year as separate software for corporate users that deploy Nokia VPN infrastructures." 

"We are pleased that movianVPN will soon be available for the Nokia 9210 and 9290 devices," said John Barbret, Global Information Security, DaimlerChrysler. "We have realized great benefits from the movian VPN client, as it has allowed us to immediately connect our mobile workforce with PDAs over our existing infrastructure! With movianVPN we are able to provide a common interface for mobile users across all platforms. We look forward to extending those benefits to the significant number of mobile executives currently using the Nokia devices. This will allow even more of our workers to engage in business practices on a much more sophisticated level than ever before possible." 

movianVPN allows companies to extend critical enterprise applications such as e-mail and Sales Force Automation (SFA) tools to mobile professionals using popular 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 hand held devices that are limited by low processing speed, network bandwidth, and battery power and several gateways have incorporated it. movianVPN is interoperable with leading VPN gateway products from Alcatel, Check Point, Cisco, Intel, Nortel Networks, Radguard and Symantec, enabling enterprises to leverage their network security investments to include mobile devices. 

"Businesses are looking for methods to allow both employees and customers to obtain remote access to information in ways that conform with corporate security policies," said Gillian Cross, Strategic Product Manager, Symbian. "By working with companies such as Certicom, we are offering new and advanced security solutions for the new generation of mobile phones, including the Nokia 9200 Communicator series. Our partnership is helping to drive the demand for devices and applications by enterprises because Certicom's movianVPN enables them to maintain expected levels of security." 

Certicom has also recently made it's popular Security Builder cryptographic toolkit available for Symbian 6.0 and above, enabling application developers to build additional security into their Symbian-based products. 

"Certicom's movianVPN client provides a critical component of a total mobile enterprise solution because it interoperates with the widest selection of wireless devices and VPN infrastructures," said Prakash Panjwani, Senior Vice President of Business Development Certicom. "The new client is yet another example of Certicom's leadership in the wireless space, and our commitment to providing industry-leading security solutions for leading wireless platforms." 

The first customer ship for movianVPN 1.0 for the Nokia 9200 Communicator Series will be in May, 2002. Version 1.0 will support the features currently in demand and will support additional features found in the full version of movianVPN based on customer requirements. 

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 300 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 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. 

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