Security Builder SSL includes recommended algorithms enabling vendors to quickly and easily meet NSA requirements for securing government data
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (October 11, 2005)– The latest product from Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) enables organizations to implement security protocols that meet the National Security Agency's (NSA) cryptographic specifications for securing both classified and unclassified communications- known as Suite B. Security Builder SSL includes optimized implementations for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols as well as the algorithms named in Suite B.
By setting clear cryptography standards for securing government communications, the NSA is promoting interoperability and the sharing of information, two guiding principals behind the U.S. Crypto Modernization Program. Suite B states that elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) should be used for key agreement and digital signatures and AES for encryption. 
"With this latest version of Security Builder SSL, organizations can meet government requirements, save development time and leverage the efficiency and expertise Certicom has built into its implementations," said Jim Alfred, Certicom's director of product management. "Launching the first product to support Suite B underscores Certicom expertise in ECC and our commitment to help customers meet government security requirements."
Security Builder SSL is one of the security protocol modules that comprise the Certicom Security Architecture, a modular set of software cryptographic providers, security services and board support packages which expose cryptographic functionality available in hardware. All components of the Architecture are pulled together by a common, intuitive application programming interface (API) that sits between the applications, services and cryptographic providers.
 For more information on Suite B, refer to the recently published information on the NSA site at http://www.nsa.gov/ia/industry/crypto_suite_b.cfm?MenuID=10.2.7.
For information on why the NSA choose ECC, visit http://www.nsa.gov/ia/industry/crypto_elliptic_curve.cfm?MenuID=10.2.7
Certicom protects the value of your content, software and devices with government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security Agency (NSA) for classified and sensitive but unclassified government communications, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provides the most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the undisputed leader in ECC, Certicom security offerings are currently licensed to more than 300 customers including General Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle, Research In Motion and Unisys. Founded in 1985, Certicom's corporate offices are in Mississauga, ON, Canada with worldwide sales headquarters in Reston, VA and offices in the US, Canada and Europe. Visit www.certicom.com
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