Licensing Agreements with Funk Software, HiddenMind® and Cysive™ Demonstrate Crucial Role of Certicom Security Technology in E-Business 

HAYWARD, Calif., January 8, 2002 - Certicom, (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced licensing agreements with leading enterprise software solutions providers Funk Software, HiddenMind, and Cysive. These innovative companies will use Certicom's Truspoint™ public-key infrastructure (PKI) technology to enable secure e-business transactions among wired and wireless environments. 

These companies selected Certicom's Trustpoint to build advanced security into their Internet e-business solutions. Trustpoint is a comprehensive suite of PKI products that allows today's enterprises to build wireless certificate capabilities to enable secure communication and digital signatures over cellular, wireless LAN, and other networks via personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile phones and pagers. Certicom's security solutions are tailored to the unique requirements of mobile environments, which, unlike desktop-only solutions, require a very compact code size due to bandwidth limitations and memory and processor requirements of mobile devices. 

"Funk Software, HiddenMind and Cysive represent the new wave of e-business and communications solutions providers that are placing information directly into the hands of business users and consumers when and where they need it," said Prakash Panjwani, senior vice president of business development for Certicom. "Innovative application developers have recognized Certicom as the leading provider of trusted security solutions tailored to meet the challenges posed by the constraints of the mobile e-business environment." 

Certicom's new licensees are implementing core security technology to forge ground-breaking e-business solutions in the following ways:

  • Funk Software develops Steel-Belted Radius, the market-leading RADIUS/AAA server, and Proxy remote control software, which is installed on millions of desktops around the world. Certicom's technology will allow Funk Software to extend their RADIUS solution to permit secure authentication of wireless users, and to distribute secure keys to ensure the privacy of the data being transmitted over wireless connections. This allows Funk Software to extend their solution from managing dial-up connections to cellular and wireless LAN connections. Funk Software's customers include some of the world's largest corporations, institutions, telecommunications carriers, and internet service providers (ISPs); its products are licensed and/or resold by leading manufacturers of Internet hardware and software, communications software, and enterprise call center applications. For more information, please visit the Funk Software web site at www.funk.com.
  • HiddenMind provides Active Technology™ solutions for enterprises by offering a comprehensive wireless, voice and wired platform for the development and deployment of "always active" mobile applications. Certicom's technology protects HiddenMind's "always active" applications, allowing end-users to process data and transactions securely and efficiently, even if they are temporarily disconnected from the wireless network. HiddenMind's integrated platform is optimized to deliver enterprise-wide mobile applications such as Field Service, Sales Force Automation (SFA) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). HiddenMind's Active Technology promotes Active Business - increasing the productivity and efficiency of mobile personnel. For more information visit the HiddenMind web site at www.hiddenmind.com.
  • Cysive, Inc. is a leading provider of multi-channel enterprise solutions that help customers reduce costs and realize greater productivity, operational efficiency and customer service. Through Cysive Cymbio™, Cysive delivers a flexible, integrated solution for strategically deploying Web, wireless, voice-activated systems and Web services across an enterprise. Since 1993 Cysive has built mission-critical business systems for Global 2000 firms, including Cisco Systems, AT&T, Chase, Equifax, First Union and DaimlerChrysler, among many others. Cysive is headquartered in Reston, Va. with additional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Irvine and Mountain View, Calif., and New York. Cysive can be found on the Internet at www.cysive.com.

" As we enter the wireless age, public key technology is becoming increasingly important as a means of securing LANs," said Joe Ryan, vice president of Funk Software. "We are committed to providing the most secure authentication and access control solutions for the wireless LAN in our RADIUS servers. We believe that Certicom's Trustpoint products are on the cutting edge of PKI security solutions, and we are pleased to be able to incorporate them in our products." 

"Enterprises are seeking solutions that enable mobile employees to remain active and productive through the use of wireless networks and mobile applications while also providing the level of security that exists in their existing wired networks," said HiddenMind vice president of Strategic Products Randall Campbell. "Coupled with the HiddenMind solution, Certicom's technology is a key element to providing a high level of security for transactions and communications over wireless networks." 

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 200 customers including Cisco Systems, Inc., Handspring Inc., Motorola, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Inc., Palm, 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

About Funk Software
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Funk Software is the leading provider of commercial AAA solutions for wireless operator, service provider, and enterprise networks. In use on thousands of public and private networks worldwide, the Steel-Belted Radius family of products delivers a AAA solution on the scale required by the largest carriers and service providers, and scales easily to meet the centralized remote and WLAN authentication needs of the enterprise. The Steel-Belted Radius family of RADIUS/AAA solutions includes Steel-Belted Radius/Enterprise Edition, Steel-Belted Radius/Service Provider Edition, Steel-Belted Radius Concurrency Server, Steel-Belted Radius Port Allocation System, and Steel-Belted Radius Mobile IP Module. For more information, visit www.funk.com

About HiddenMind
HiddenMind, a provider of Active Technology™ for mobile enterprise solutions, offers a comprehensive wireless, voice and wired platform for the development and deployment of "always active" mobile applications. The HiddenMind Active Universe™ Platform is optimized to deliver enterprise-wide mobile applications such as Field Service, Sales Force Automation (SFA) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). HiddenMind's Active Technology promotes Active Business - increasing the productivity and efficiency of mobile personnel by delivering mobile applications on wireless devices that operate independent of wireless network connection or coverage. HiddenMind's patent-pending Active Technology allows its customers to enjoy a single point of integration to implement their mobile strategies while extending J2EE™ applications with emerging distributed computing standards. 

Certicom and Trustpoint 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. 

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