Annual conference provides forum to discuss leading-edge cryptography and latest applications

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (October 30, 2006) – Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced that Alexander Herrigel, head of information security for Swiss National Bank, will speak at the Certicom ECC Conference on November 14-16 in Toronto, Canada.

The Conference offers a forum to discuss pure mathematics and real-world applications of cryptography, as well as evolving security standards. The three-day conference is the only one of its kind and attracts cryptography leaders in academia and the security industry from around the world.

During his session, Dr. Herrigel will describe the data privacy problems he foresees with the anticipated worldwide rollout of the E-Passport with the Basic Access Control scheme. He will show how the proposed application is dependent on a weak cryptographic key generation scheme and present two solutions for dealing with the problem.

“As someone who has handled security for multinational as well as start-up companies, and participated in many research and industrial security projects, Dr. Herrigel has a lot to offer participants at this year’s conference,” said Dr. Scott Vanstone, Certicom founder and EVP, strategic technology. “I look forward to hearing his perspective on the proposed e-passport program and his insights into how ECC can help to overcome the security weaknesses.”

ECC is used in a growing number of product categories, including consumer electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors, which serve everything from government and financial services sectors to protecting the information of everyday consumers. Its implementations protect content, securely transmit data and enable digital signatures on documents and transactions. The small size of ECC is a main driver behind its popularity. Backed by 20 years of experience, Certicom is considered a pioneer in ECC research and implementations. The company developed the industry’s first toolkit to include ECC, which has since been adopted by more than 300 organizations.

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About Certicom
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

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