Certicom Solutions Help Manufacturers Address DOCSIS 1.1 Security Requirements

HAYWARD, Calif., April 2, 2002 - Certicom Corporation, (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that Terayon Communication Systems, Inc. selected Certicom security solutions to help them satisfy the rigid security requirements of the DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Services Interface Specifications) 1.1 standard. Using Certicom's leading security software, Terayon embedded encryption and public-key infrastructure (PKI) technology into its TJ 615 and TJ 715 cable modems to protect the content and ensure that only paid subscribers gain access. 

Content protection security technology and services are being utilized to secure data transmission in some of the industry's most innovative broadband and cable service networks. Utilizing Certicom's broadband security solutions to satisfy DOCSIS 1.1 requirements, Terayon products provide:

  • Strong authentication of cable modems using digital certificates to enable conditional access,
  • Encryption of user data across cable networks to protect content,
  • Protection against delivery of viruses and malicious code utilizing digital signatures on code updates sent to cable modems.

Vendors look to DOCSIS 1.1 for added functionality like phone service, video on demand, and faster Internet access to strengthen the lead that cable has in the broadband content delivery market. Certicom products are optimized to meet these demanding performance requirements and constraints of embedded devices. Security Builder® and Trustpoint™ PKI toolkits provide all the cryptographic software libraries, certification, and signature handling required for DOCSIS-compliant implementations. 

"Certicom's broadband security solutions - including our Security Builder and Trustpoint toolkits, combined with our integration services - enable Terayon to meet the latest industry levels of reliability, performance, and compliance with DOCSIS security standards," said Simon Blake-Wilson, Certicom's director of business development and cryptographer. "Certicom's comprehensive range of security offerings and our expertise in porting security solutions to embedded systems, is highly beneficial to broadband cable manufacturers because it enables them to deploy highly efficient, secure solutions across their product line." 

"Terayon is focused on addressing consumers' desire for privacy and security," said Benny Young, vice president of marketing for Terayon's Digital Cable Solutions. "Certicom's security software enables us to effectively meet our customers' needs with interoperable, state-of-the-art security based on DOCSIS." 

Certicom's industry-leading technology provides a more efficient alternative to conventional public-key cryptographic algorithms in many embedded and wireless environments, allowing for faster processing speed, reduced bandwidth usage, and decreased battery requirements. These advantages make Certicom's security technology particularly well suited to embedded devices that incorporate less powerful processors, such as handheld computing devices, Internet-enabled phones, and two-way pagers. 

In addition to the solutions developed for Terayon, Certicom has also developed solutions for conditional access and content protection for Honeywell, XM Satellite Radio, Digital Island, Slam Dunk Networks, and Globetrotter. 

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. For more information, visit Certicom's Web site at http://www.certicom.com

Certicom, Security Builder, and Trustpoint 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, 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