Certicom Extends Relationship with Palm to Provide Industry-Leading Security for Secure Wireless Transmissions to and from New Palm i705 Wireless Handheld 

HAYWARD, Calif., March 5, 2002 - Certicom, (NASDAQ: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that the new Palm® i705 wireless handheld from Palm, Inc. uses strong security technology developed with Certicom's popular Security Builder® toolkit. Extending a relationship that began in 1997, Palm, a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet solutions, selected Certicom's Security Builder toolkit to develop strong encryption technology for the new, versatile Palm i705 handheld to help ensure the integrity of information transmitted through wireless applications. Transmissions to and from the new Palm i705 handheld are protected by Certicom's Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). 

Certicom's industry leading security provides end-to-end encryption behind the firewall, which directly protects enterprises' valuable information and resources. Mobile workers benefit from increased productivity through the Palm i705 handheld because they can receive, with a subscription to the Palm.Net® wireless services, their business e-mail and their personal e-mail, and access the Internet, all on one handheld solution. Because Certicom's ECC is optimized for wireless devices, the transmissions to and from the Palm i705 handheld are protected at industry leading standards while preserving a fast, user-friendly experience. 

"Certicom's Security Builder provides the sophisticated tools and flexibility needed to integrate encryption, digital signatures and other security mechanisms into the Palm i705 handheld," said Kevin Hell, senior vice president of product management, Solutions Group, at Palm, Inc. "We are pleased to provide Palm handheld users with Certicom's trusted security solutions that meet our strict corporate security standards." 

Security Builder is the industry's only cryptographic toolkit offering optimized ECC complemented by a full suite of cryptographic functionality. Certicom's ECC technology delivers strong levels of security efficiently and is designed for use with a full range of computing platforms from servers to wireless devices. 

"We have a long-standing relationship with Palm and are pleased to provide them with security solutions to meet the challenges of wireless devices," said Prakash Panjwani, Certicom senior vice president of Business Development. "By utilizing strong security from Certicom, the Palm i705 handheld gives users a whole new way to use their handhelds by sending and receiving secure, encrypted text messages with others in real-time." 

Certicom has already provided Palm with encryption software for the Palm VII series, Palm's first wireless handheld series, and the Palm Mobile Internet Kit, which enables Palm handheld users to connect wirelessly to the Internet from virtually all Palm handheld computers using a compatible data-enabled mobile phone. 

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 and Security Builder are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Certicom Corp. Palm and Palm.Net are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Palm, Inc. 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