Success of channel program signifies heightened awareness of need for secure wireless solutions

Mississauga, Ontario (June 10, 2003) – Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC), a leading provider of wireless security solutions, today announced it has signed on six new partners to the Certicom Partner Network. The continual growth of the program signifies the market’s growing recognition that security on wireless networks must be addressed, in government and enterprise sectors. The new partners will help Certicom respond to the increasing demand for wireless security solutions throughout North America and internationally.

The Certicom Partner Network enables security-focused value-added resellers (VARs) and large carriers with security divisions to complement their product portfolios with award winning handheld security solutions. The new partners include: iGov.com (U.S.), Phoenix Systems Corp (U.S), Savoir Technology, Inc. (Lithia Springs, Georgia), Cryptonet SpA (Italy), Network Technology Inc. (Japan), and NEXERA (Austria). 

“ As our government clients rollout wireless networks we see an increase in the demand for proven security products that work on constrained devices,” said Bill Moore, VP Technical Services, iGov.com. “Until recently, clients would treat security as a minor feature, ticking it off their checklist far too quickly. As clients become more knowledgeable about security risks, they want a stronger, sophisticated solution. We found those attributes in the movian security applications. Certicom’s products, technical knowledge and support, coupled with our expertise, allow us to meet our customers’ demands.”

Government agencies, like corporations, are embracing wireless technology quickly but at the same time are realizing the importance of securing these wireless transactions with solutions that meet stringent requirements. Agencies and departments are turning to companies like Certicom that have received FIPS 140-2 certification. In fact, the National Security Agency (NSA) is working with Certicom to research and develop advanced security technology and tools for protecting classified information. 

“Certicom is gaining real momentum in sectors, such as government, that demand the highest level of assurance that their wireless network access and e-mail are well protected by strong security,” said Ian McKinnon, President and CEO of Certicom. “To meet this demand, we’re pleased to work with our new partners, companies that are best of class in their respective countries, to form complete security solutions for wireless communicates that support the toughest standards.”

movian™ by Certicom products are available to government, enterprise, and other customers through members of the Certicom Partner Network. The suite of wireless security applications allows users to confidently extend wireless communications across their organizations, including to critical applications such as e-mail and customer relationship management.

movian security applications include:

  • movianMail™: send/receive digitally signed and encrypted e-mail using your handheld.
  • movianVPN™: secure access to the corporate network via wireless devices.
  • movianCrypt™: secure data storage for mobile devices.
  • movianDM™: centralized configuration and policy management for movianMail™ and movianVPN™.

About the Certicom Partner Network
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.

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, movian, movianVPN, movianCrypt, and movianMail 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) 640-5525 ext. 233 (613) 254-9267
andref@maverickpr.com bziolo@certicom.com