World’s Leading Casino Systems Provider to Standardize and Integrate Certicom’s Complete End-to-End Server-Based Gaming Security Solution
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (November 9, 2007) – Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced that Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI) has licensed the Game Guardian SBG™ (Server Based Gaming) security platform to protect its next-generation casino systems. Specifically, Bally Technologies will use Certicom’s Game Guardian SBG Certificate Authority (CA) Server and Game Guardian SBG Client to enable secure, authenticated connections between applications, gaming machines and backend servers.
The Game Guardian SBG platform will be integrated into Bally Technologies rapidly growing line of server-based gaming solutions, allowing the company to perform security operations and complex authentication demands in only a fraction of the time of other commonly-used security schemes. With Game Guardian, Bally Technologies can easily submit software upgrades to existing casinos without the undue burden of new hardware or entirely new infrastructure to deploy.
Certicom’s Game Guardian platform ensures the strongest level of security through leading-edge cryptography, including Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). In 2005, the NSA recommended ECC as the public-key crypto-system to protect classified and unclassified government communications. Known as Suite B, these recommendations are part of an initiative to upgrade the security infrastructure of government communications to meet present and future security needs. ECC is used in a growing number of sectors ranging from networking, consumer electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors to government and financial services.
Founded in 1932 and based in Las Vegas, Bally Technologies is a diversified, worldwide gaming company that designs, manufactures, operates and distributes slot and video machines to a global gaming industry that includes casino, racino, video lottery, central determination and Class II markets. Bally also designs, integrates and sells highly specialized computerized monitoring systems that provide casinos with networked accounting and security services for their gaming machines with more than 368,000 game monitoring units installed worldwide at more than 481 locations.
Server based gaming is the next wave of casino technology that is gaining tremendous interest, offering users a much more dynamic and interactive gaming experience. Because it is centrally managed through a single console, casino owners can use a main computer to instantly control and connect all the machines on a casino floor, while tailoring each one to a player’s preference. It offers players a way to play the games they want at any location without having to switch machines. It also saves casino owners money on personnel and staffing costs.
“Bally Technologies prides itself on being a leading innovator in the next generation of gaming systems. As the gaming industry migrates toward networked-based systems and GSA-protocol standards, network security becomes an ever-increasing concern,” said Robert Crowder, Vice President of Advanced Product Development for Bally Technologies. “We are pleased to partner with Certicom, utilizing Game Guardian security algorithms to protect the sensitive data moving through casino-floor networks and gaming machines.”
Certicom’s Game Guardian SBG CA Server is a turnkey product that provides sub-root certificate authority services for Bally Technologies’ entire casino operator network. The CA Server issues digital certificates used to create digital signatures and public-private key pairs. It guarantees that the individual granted the unique certificate is who he or she claims to be, so that users and relying parties can trust the information in Certicom’s certificates. The Game Guardian CA Server is a highly customized and high performance Gaming CA ‘end-to-end’ security solution, which also follows the rigorous security standards set out by the Gaming Regulatory Agencies worldwide.
“We are pleased that Bally Technologies has selected our Game Guardian security platform as it rolls out its next generation casino gaming systems,” said Bernard W. Crotty, president and CEO of Certicom. “The capabilities in our Game Guardian platform will enable a complete new gaming experience and our secure protocols allow casinos everywhere to take advantage of all the benefits associated with server-based gaming, for instance, increased efficiency to changing games on the fly for customers. Game Guardian has the potential to become the gold standard of security in the gaming industry.”
ABOUT BALLY TECHNOLOGIES INC.
With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies designs, manufactures, operates and distributes advanced gaming devices, systems and technology solutions worldwide. Bally's product line includes reel-spinning slot machines, video slots, wide-area progressives and Class II, lottery and central determination games and platforms. As the world's No. 1 gaming systems company, Bally also offers an array of casino management, slot accounting, bonusing, cashless and table management solutions. The Company also owns and operates Rainbow Casino in Vicksburg, Miss. Additional Company information, including the Company's investor presentations, can be found at http://www.ballytech.com/.
Certicom protects the value of content, applications and devices with government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security Agency (NSA) for government communications, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provides the most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the global 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, Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in Reston, Virginia and offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and China. Visit http://www.certicom.com/.
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