Cryptographer combines experience from government and private sector
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario –(May 8, 2007) Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced the appointment of Dr. Matthew Campagna as director of research, effective immediately. Campagna’s responsibilities include managing the research team and assisting in the communication of the company’s technical vision and strategy.
Dr. Campagna joins Certicom with more than 10 years of experience in cryptography research, cryptanalysis and the application of cryptography to information security. He is a published author and an active member of several standards groups, including the Standards for Efficient Cryptography Group (SECG). Prior to joining Certicom, Dr. Campagna was responsible for directing the security-related research within the research and development division at Pitney Bowes. From 1996-2000, he was a senior cryptologic mathematician at the U.S. government’s National Security Agency (NSA).
“Matt is a security professional of global stature with extensive experience in implementing Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC),” said Dr. Scott Vanstone, Certicom founder and EVP strategic technology. “ECC is found in nearly every major cryptography standard in the world and Matt will work to help ensure that its adoption continues to grow rapidly.”
ECC is used in a growing number of industries – ranging from consumer electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors to financial services and government. The U.S. government, through the NSA, has identified ECC-based security mechanisms as the recommended technology for protecting government communications. Its implementations are used to protect content, securely transmit data and digitally sign documents. The small size of ECC algorithms is the main driver behind its popularity.
“Matt has great insight and experience in aligning research with strategic planning and applications,” said Bernard Crotty, Certicom’s president and CEO. “He is a welcome and valuable addition to our team.”
“Certicom is a recognized leader in cryptography and security solutions because it is one of the few security companies that invests significantly in research and development,” Campagna said. “I’m excited to be joining such a distinguished group of researchers and a company that is considered a pioneer in ECC research and implementations.”
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 and marketing headquarters in Reston, VA and offices in the US, Canada and Europe. Visit www.certicom.com.
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