Motorola uses embedded VPN client to offer transparent and efficient security to enterprise users
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (January 7, 2004) – Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC), a leading provider of wireless security solutions, today announced that Motorola has embedded movianVPN™ into its A760 smartphone. This is the first time the world’s Number Two handset maker has embedded virtual private network (VPN) security into its handsets. The move supports Motorola’s strategy to provide enterprises with strong, efficient security that is transparent to end users.
Today, enterprises wishing to extend their applications to a mobile workforce are faced with the challenge of providing secure transport that is easy to use and integrates into existing IT infrastructure. This agreement addresses that challenge and enables Motorola to offer an integrated mobile solution to enterprise users.
For over 15 years, Certicom has focused on developing and providing efficient security technologies. This expertise has resulted in a wireless VPN client that is one-tenth the size of desktop versions but with equivalent functionality. movianVPN supports leading gateways, including those from Cisco, Netscreen and Nortel. In addition to Motorola, several other leading handset makers have recognized this expertise and use Certicom security with their handsets.
“We’ve been turning to Certicom for our security needs for a number of years. They are security specialists who understand the needs and complexities of adding security to constrained environments,” said Samuel Li, Director Product Line Management for Motorola’s GSM High Tier SmartPhone Product Group. “We’re pleased to be expanding our relationship with Certicom. The security built into our new phone is transparent to users yet it enables them to access critical information and applications on their enterprise networks without concern for security risks.” Motorola has been working with Certicom since 1996 as both a customer and partner.
movianVPN will ship within the A760 phone which initially will be sold to the Asian market. According to the U.K. research firm Ovum, nine million smartphone units will be sold worldwide in 2003; 132 million by 2007.
“This agreement is a validation of our business strategy to work closely with the top device manufacturers to help them meet the security needs of their enterprise customers,” said Ian McKinnon, Certicom’s president and CEO. “By embedding security into its smartphone, Motorola is offering the same level of strong security that enterprise customers have come to expect in their wired networks.”
movianVPN is an award-winning VPN client that provides secure wireless access to corporate network resources. movianVPN is based on the IPSec standard and works with leading VPN gateways, handheld devices and wireless networks. Certicom’s experience with security for constrained environments and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), a computationally efficient public key technology, ensures that movianVPN has negligible impact on performance or battery life. movianVPN is part of the movian™ suite of wireless security applications that enables users to confidently extend wireless communications across their organizations.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in wireless, automotive and broadband communications. Sales in 2002 were $27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important innovations that make things smarter and life better, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit http://www.motorola.com/mediacenter/news. For b-roll film please visit www.thenewsmarket.com/motorola.
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.
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