Synchrologic meets stringent government requirements by integrating Security Builder GSE

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario and ATLANTA, Georgia (September 2, 2003) – Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC), a leading provider of wireless security solutions and Synchrologic™, today announced that Synchrologic will use the Security Builder® GSE™ toolkit to incorporate a FIPS 140-2 Validated crypto module into its award winning mobile infrastructure platform. Synchrologic Mobile Suite now provides the capabilities to help U.S. government agencies securely mobilize critical data and applications to any mobile device while being reassured that the technology meets the government’s most stringent security requirements.

Considered the benchmark for security within government departments and agencies, FIPS 140-2 validation assures users that products provide the highest level of protection for their sensitive information. Products must undergo rigorous testing by an accredited independent lab to satisfy National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards.

As an existing Certicom customer, Synchrologic currently uses Security Builder® as the core cryptographic provider in its solutions. Security Builder GSE enables them to quickly add a FIPS 140-2 validated module and meet government security requirements for technology solutions.

Synchrologic is the leading provider of software solutions that give mobile workers the information they need, whenever and wherever they need it. Synchrologic Mobile Suite offers a secure, reliable, server-based solution for mobilizing and deploying corporate applications, distributing files and software, accessing email and PIM from Exchange or Notes servers and disseminating intranet and Web pages. Synchrologic’s advanced features and open architecture allow enterprises, government entities and financial institutions to seamlessly deliver information to any employee at anytime regardless of device or connectivity type.

“Our customers have distinct security requirements that are unique to a mobile environment. Certicom helps us meet their criteria head-on,” said Bill Jones, vice president of products for Synchrologic. “As an existing Certicom customer, our customers were already benefiting from their products. Enabling our products to become FIPS 140-2 Validated, easily, was a high priority for us while maintaining the flexibility and room to grow our products.”

Security Builder GSE is optimized for constrained environments where footprint size is critical. The result is a full suite of cryptographic functions that provide faster processing, better bandwidth usage, reduced storage and longer battery life. Security Builder uses FIPS validated and widely deployed algorithms such as AES, DES, 3DES and SHA-1. In addition, it is compliant with leading industry and government standards such as ANSI, IEEE and FIPS, enabling it to support the widest range of current and legacy systems.

“Our ability to provide strong security in constrained environments has made us a natural fit for and a dominant player in the mobile middleware market. We’re pleased to once again be working with Synchrologic, a company committed to helping government and enterprises improve the way they manage their ever-growing mobile workplace,” said Ian McKinnon, president and CEO of Certicom. “By using Security Builder GSE to become FIPS compliant, Synchrologic is demonstrating its leadership in providing two key elements in mobile strategy -- synchronization and security.”

About Synchrologic
Synchrologic’s mobile infrastructure solutions create competitive advantage by increasing mobile worker productivity and decreasing total cost of ownership of mobile devices. The company’s product line mobilizes enterprise email and applications, automates the delivery of documents and Web sites, and provides mobile systems management tools -- for laptops, tablets, handhelds, and smart phones. Key customers and partners include 3M, Accenture, Citicorp, Domino’s, Hertz, Nintendo, Microsoft, NEC, Pfizer, Symbian, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The company is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and European offices in London and Milan. For more information, please visit

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

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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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Tim Cox Brendan Ziolo
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Claire Grevas
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