Headline speakers from Bell Canada, Intertrust, Visa International and XM Satellite Radio show how elliptic curve cryptography helps solve security issues and meet government standards

Mississauga, Ontario (June 22, 2005) – The growing demand for secure, smart devices, crypto modernization in government and new financial applications are driving the adoption of elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), whose combined efficiency and strength make it the ideal public-key technology to meet these security needs. With this in mind, Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC), the authority for strong, efficient cryptography, is hosting the second annual Certicom ECC Conference on October 3-5, 2005 in Toronto, Canada to discuss applications and implementation strategies for ECC. During the conference, experts will discuss two of the hottest topics in the industry today-digital rights management (DRM) and the National Security Agency's (NSA) cryptography recommendations for secure but unclassified information.

This year's key note speaker, David Maher, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Intertrust, will discuss DRM by drawing on his extensive experience in secure computing and his current responsibility for research and development at Intertrust. Intertrust develops and licenses intellectual property for DRM, digital policy management (DPM), and trusted computing.

Also on the agenda for discussion is the U.S. Government's Cryptographic Modernization Program and in particular the NSA's advanced cryptography algorithms strategy and recommendations for securing sensitive and unclassified, known as Suite B. The recommendations name ECC as the exclusive key agreement and digital signature standard to protect sensitive but unclassified information. In 2003, the NSA named ECC as the public-key technology to protect mission critical information.

Other speakers from financial, commercial and government organizations at the forefront of security will also share their experiences and knowledge in using ECC. Organizations that will be represented include: Visa International, XM Satellite Radio, a Avanza Technologies, Bell Canada, Eracom Technologies, and nCipher. Executives from the Standard for Efficient Cryptography Group (SECG) and Certicom, including Dr. Scott Vanstone, Certicom founder and EVP strategic technology, will give presentations on evolving standards and protocols that include ECC.

"Although ECC has been around for many years, we're now witnessing a sharp increase in its adoption for building trusted platforms for both constrained and unconstrained environments," said Dr. Vanstone. "Anyone who has interest in the application and implementation of public-key cryptography should be at this conference to benefit from the vast expertise and experience of the speakers and participants."

ECC is used in a growing number of applications including consumer electronics, mobile handsets, embeddeddevices, government communication and financial services. It is considerably more efficient than legacy public-key schemes making it ideally suited for resource-constrained environments such as mobile and embedded devices. Its strength and size also allow it to scale more efficiently over time, as stronger security is required.

Software developers, hardware engineers, and anyone responsible for buying or implementing cryptographic systems will benefit from this conference and the exchange of practical ideas and real-world lessons.

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Certicom Corp. (TSX:CIC) is the authority for strong, efficient cryptography required by software vendors and device manufacturers to embed security in their products. Adopted by the U.S. government’s National Security Agency (NSA), Certicom technologies for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provide the most security per bit of any known public key scheme, making it ideal for constrained environments. Certicom products and services are currently licensed to more than 300 customers including Motorola, Oracle, Research In Motion, Terayon, Texas Instruments and Unisys. Founded in 1985, Certicom is headquartered in Mississauga, ON, Canada, with offices in Ottawa, ON; Reston, VA; San Mateo, CA; and London, England. Visit

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