Tremendous growth of Certicom Partner Network demonstrates commitment to both domestic and international markets

Mississauga, Ontario – (February 4, 2003) - Certicom Corporation (TSX: CIC), a leading provider of wireless security solutions, today announced that the Certicom Partner Network has expanded globally with the addition of eight new channel partners. The global partner program was launched less than three months ago, with six inaugural partners, to simplify the delivery of wireless security solutions to enterprises, governments and other markets.

The expansion of this program reinforces Certicom’s commitment to international markets and delivers on the company’s growth strategy by extending its sales reach globally.

The Certicom Partner Network enables security-focused channel partners and large carriers with security divisions to round out their product portfolios with award-winning handheld security solutions. Eight new channel partners based in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific have signed as members including: Docutech Inc. (U.S.), ESI Information Technologies Inc. (Canada), Sigmax PDA Solutions BV (Netherlands), Ultimate Solutions Pty Ltd. (Australia), Enterprise Consulting Partners (Brazil), WorldNet 21 (Spain), EduMedia Oulu Ltd. (Finland), and Data World Computer & Communication Ltd. (Hong Kong).

“Meeting the rapidly increasing security requirements of the mobile worker is a pain point for many of our customers as they strive to secure corporate data beyond the network perimeter,” said Gary Hinton, Managing Director of Ultimate Solutions Pty Ltd. “Certicom’s products round out our solution offerings and provide our customers with industry leading wireless security solutions. Working with Certicom allows us to meet the security needs of our customers at the highest level.”

The Certicom Partner Network has two levels of partnership: Advantage and Alliance. Advantage partners make a stronger revenue commitment to Certicom and enjoy enhanced partner benefits such as increased discounts and free training. All partners are fully qualified to sell and support Certicom products and have access to an extensive array of sales, marketing and technical support benefits.

“Most enterprises have limited internal security resources and expertise today. As the security requirements of our customers evolve, Certicom’s program helps us provide the security knowledge and expertise our customers require,” said Leo van den Ende, CEO of Sigmax PDA Solutions BV. “The Certicom Partner Network offers us the support and technical knowledge we require to meet our customers’ needs. Certicom’s leading products enable us to provide customers with the most comprehensive wireless security solutions on the market.”

movian by Certicom products are available to enterprise, government and other customers through members of the Certicom Partner Network. This suite of wireless security applications brings together the convenience of wireless communications with the security demanded by organizations looking to extend critical enterprise applications such as e-mail and other tools to mobile professionals. movianVPN provides secure access to the corporate network via wireless devices while movianCrypt offers secure data storage for mobile device.

“The global expansion of the Certicom Partner Network signifies our commitment to the international market and is a key component of Certicom’s long-term growth strategy to reach enterprise, government and other end user markets around the world,” said Ian McKinnon, President and CEO of Certicom. “In less than six months, Certicom has signed 14 channel partners to our program that extend its reach internationally. Certicom is committed to working with our world-class partners and strengthening our Partner Network with expanded product offerings and valuable resources such as training and certification courses to meet their evolving requirements.”

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 are currently licensed to more than 300 customers including Texas Instruments, Palm, Research In Motion, Cisco Systems, Oracle and Motorola. Founded in 1985, Certicom is headquartered in Mississauga, ON, Canada, with offices in Ottawa, ON; Herndon, VA; San Mateo, CA; and London, England. Visit www.certicom.com.

Certicom, Security Builder, SSL Plus, Trustpoint, movianVPN, movianCrypt are trademarks 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 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.

For further information, please contact: 

Andre Fuochi Brendan Ziolo
Maverick Public Relations Certicom Corp.
(416) 640-5519 (613) 254-9267
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