National award recognizes Certicom’s expertise and success in security
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (June 20, 2006)–The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) has recognized Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) with this year’s Private Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology Award for innovation, expertise and leadership in security. The award will be presented to Certicom President and CEO Ian McKinnon at a gala event held tonight in Ottawa, Canada.
“At a time when security is at the top of corporate and government agendas, it’s fitting that Certicom is recognized for its expertise and leadership in the private sector,” said John Reid, president of the CATAAlliance. “As an organization that has spearheaded research initiatives around national and personal security, we salute Certicom’s success and ongoing contribution to the research and development of security applications.”
Certicom is a leading developer of elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), an efficient form of cryptography that is used to secure government, corporate and personal data in a wide range of applications (e.g. email, ecommerce, epassports) and devices (e.g. smart phones, sensors, and consumer electronics). In 1997, the company developed the industry’s first software developer toolkit to include ECC and, with its world-class team of researchers, has generated more than 350 ECC-based patents and patents pending.
Today, ECC is found in most major security standards and in 2003, the U.S. Government’s National Security Agency selected Certicom’s ECC technology as the public-key cryptography standard for protecting both classified and sensitive but unclassified information. Today, Certicom’s fully commercialized ECC technology can be used to meet the evolving security needs of federal, state and local governments, as well as Coalition partners and North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries.
“Back in the late 1980s, Certicom Founder and Executive Vice President Dr. Scott Vanstone envisioned a time when ECC would be used worldwide to secure communications in the government, corporate and consumer sectors. The current availability of a broad range of Certicom ECC-based solutions for markets such as mobility, content protection, industrial automation and Homeland Security, prove that Dr. Vanstone’s vision has become a reality. The CATA award recognizes the work by Dr. Vanstone, his researchers and the entire team at Certicom to improve security in Canada and worldwide. This is a tremendous Canadian technology success story,” said McKinnon.
This is one of several awards the company has won in recent years. In 2004, Certicom won the Award for Excellence in Technology for its work with ECC from Frost & Sullivan, an international market analysis and consulting firm. Dr. Vanstone won the prestigious University of Waterloo Award for Excellence in Research for his role in researching and deploying ECC as a practical security technology.
Certicom protects the value of your content, applications 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
Certicom, Certicom Security Architecture, Certicom Trust Infrastructure, Certicom CodeSign, Certicom KeyInject, Security Builder, Security Builder API, Security Builder BSP, Security Builder Crypto, Security Builder ETS, Security Builder GSE, Security Builder IPSec, Security Builder NSE, Security Builder PKI and Security Builder SSL 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.
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