Handset manufacturer to use Security Builder IPSec to build in proven, standards-based VPN functionality
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (February 13, 2006)–Certicom Corp (TSX: CIC) today announced that Sony Ericsson will use Security Builder IPSec to build a virtual private network (VPN) client into its M600 phone, which was launched last week. This is part of the same license agreement that Certicom recently announced, under which Sony Ericsson is using Security Builder IPSec in its P990i smartphone.
These announcements reflect a growing need for VPN security on handsets as more employees use wireless devices to remotely connect to a corporation's network. Whereas a few years ago handset vendors offered VPN security as an option, today VPN security is being built directly into the device-always on but transparent to the user.
"The demand for secure remote access is driving the need for proven, standards-based, IPSec technology in today's handsets," said Per-Olof Persson, Sony Ericsson. "The M600 is the latest device to include security from Certicom, a recognized leader in providing strong and efficient IPSec technology."
For 20 years, Certicom has been developing strong and optimized security implementations for resource-constrained environments. This expertise has resulted in an IPSec module that helps companies embed a wireless VPN client that is one-tenth the size of desktop versions but with equivalent functionality, including support for industry-leading VPN gateways and the latest industry standards. Security Builder IPSec also supports the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) IKEv2, a proposed protocol that is anticipated to be widely used in mobile convergence.
"This latest agreement strengthens the relationship between Certicom and Sony Ericsson which dates back to 2003. It also reinforces the growing need to build VPN security directly into wireless devices," said Ian McKinnon, president and CEO of Certicom. "The M600 offers the latest in communications features, along with the trust that valuable information is being secured by Certicom."
Security Builder IPSec is one of the security services modules that comprise the Certicom Security Architecture, a comprehensive, modular and portable solution designed to allow developers to quickly and cost-effectively embed security across multiple families and generations of devices. By using Security Builder IPSec, companies can provide strong security, including confidentiality, integrity and authentication-from handheld devices to the corporate network.
 For more information on the Sony M600 visit: http://www.sonyericsson.com/M600.
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
About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications serves the global communications market with innovative and feature-rich mobile phones, accessories, PC-cards and M2M solutions. Established as a joint venture by Sony and Ericsson in 2001, with global corporate functions located in London, the company employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide, including R&D sites in Europe, Japan, China and America. Sony Ericsson is the global title sponsor of the Women's Tennis Association, and works with the Association to promote the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in over 80 cities during the year. For more information on Sony Ericsson, please visit www.sonyericsson.com
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