Certicom adds Windows Mobile 2003 software to its growing list of supported platforms; IT administrators need only use one VPN client for wireless handhelds

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario –(December 10, 2003)– Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC), a leading provider of wireless security solutions, today announced the availability of movianVPN™ for Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs. With support for multiple operating systems and interoperability with popular enterprise VPN gateways, movianVPN fits with existing infrastructure and simplifies IT administration.

Developed to meet the IPSec standard, movianVPN is an award-winning VPN client that provides strong security, including confidentiality, integrity and authentication from handheld devices to the corporate network. New to movianVPN is its interoperability with the Cosine IPSX VPN gateway and its support for the new Windows Mobile connection manager. This feature enables easy connection to a variety of networks. In addition, movianVPN for Pocket PC 2003 uses a new IPSec driver design that improves speed and enhances user experience.

movianVPN for Pocket PC 2003 extends support to the HP iPAQ 5400 series and 5500 series, and Dell Axim X5 and Toshiba E750 handhelds. With its support for the three leading operating systems -- Microsoft Windows Mobile, Palm OS and Symbian OS -- and the various versions of the platforms, movianVPN can be used with more than 50 handheld devices. It interoperates with more than 13 leading VPN gateways, including those from Cisco, Netscreen and Nortel. This interoperability enables enterprises to leverage existing VPN infrastructure and functionality, such as policy mechanisms, and thereby realize a better return on their existing security infrastructure investment.

“movianVPN offers us secure standard IPSec encryption and compatibility with our preferred VPN platform, Contivity. These were key considerations for us when choosing a wireless VPN client,” said Bjarne Hermansen, senior systems engineer at Nortel Networks and a Certicom beta customer. “We’ll be rolling movianVPN out to our sales team who want secure mail and IP telephone connectivity via their PDAs.”

“In designing Windows Mobile 2003 software, we sought to create a mobile operating system that encouraged platform innovation,” said Julie Wymetalek, partner manager for the Mobility Partner Advisory Council at Microsoft Corp. “Certicom’s movianVPN is a great example of such platform innovation, enabling IT managers to more easily manage their environments to ensure their wireless networks are as secure as they can be.”

movianVPN is part of a complete Certicom solution for wireless handheld security: movianCrypt™ secures the date on the device, while movianMail™ secures e-mail and attachments from sender to recipient—even on a server. To make the creation and enforcement of handheld security policies easier with large deployments, Certicom offers movianDM™, a deployment manager.

“By providing support for Windows Mobile, as well as other operating systems, Certicom is responding to the desire of IT managers to use just one wireless VPN application for multiple devices and gateways,” said Tony Rosati, vice-president, marketing and product management at Certicom. “We are pleased to build on our relationship with Microsoft and to continue to provide strong security without compromising performance or usability of constrained devices.”

Certicom is a member of the Microsoft Mobility Partner Advisory Council (MPAC), an invitation-only program developed by Microsoft to empower partners to create software solutions for Windows Mobile-based devices by providing them with the tools and programs they need to be innovative and successful.

movianVPN is available immediately. For more information please contact Certicom or visit www.certicom.com/movianvpn.

About Certicom
Certicom is a leading provider of wireless security solutions, enabling developers, governments and enterprises to add strong security to their devices, networks and applications. Designed for constrained devices, Certicom’s patented technologies are unsurpassed in delivering the strongest cryptography with the smallest impact on performance and usability. Certicom products and technologies are currently licensed to more than 300 customers including Cisco Systems, Motorola, the National Security Agency, Palm, Research In Motion, Sony Ericsson and Texas Instruments. Founded in 1985, Certicom is headquartered in Mississauga, ON, Canada, with offices in Ottawa, ON; Reston, VA; San Mateo, CA; and London, England. Visit www.certicom.com.

Certicom, Security Builder, Security Builder Crypto, Security Builder SSL, Security Builder PKI, Security Builder GSE, movianDM, movianVPN, movianCrypt and movianMail are trademarks or registered trademarks of Certicom Corp. All other companies and products listed herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Except for historical information contained herein, this news 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 Canadian securities regulatory authorities. 

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