Security Builder IPSec provides proven, standards-based VPN functionality that is transparent to users
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (February 7, 2006)–Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced that Sony Ericsson has licensed Security Builder IPSec to build a proven, standards-based virtual private network (VPN) client into its P990i Symbian-based smartphone. This five-year agreement extends the relationship between Certicom and Sony Ericsson which dates back to 2003. With VPN functionality embedded on smartphones, mobile workers will have highly secure access to their corporate resources anytime, anywhere.
"Enterprise customers require a built-in IPSec VPN client for remote access, and we are increasingly seeing IPSec as a requirement from our operator customers for fixed mobile convergence. Certicom's pedigree and focus on strong, efficient security that's especially well-suited for mobile handsets made them the obvious choice to provide the required technologies," said Per-Olof Persson, Sony Ericsson.
Certicom is focused on developing and providing standards-based security for constrained environments. This expertise has resulted in an IPSec module that helps companies like Sony Ericsson 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.
"This is yet another example of an industry leader turning to Certicom for our security expertise. In particular, our IPSec technology is ideally suited for mobile handset vendors who need to implement the IPSec standard on a constrained device and support a number of gateways. By choosing Certicom they get strong security and save precious development time," said Ian McKinnon, president and CEO of Certicom. "The Sony Ericsson P990 smartphone with our embedded VPN functionality will allow users to take mobile communications to the next level."
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 P990i smartphone, visit: http://www.sonyericsson.com/P990i
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