MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (February. 13, 2008) – Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced that Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of technology-driven products for the casino gaming industry, has licensed the Game Guardian SBG™ (Server Based Gaming) security platform to protect its next-generation casino systems. Aristocrat will use Certicom’s Game Guardian SBG to secure and authenticate connections between gaming machines.
The Game Guardian SBG platform will be incorporated into Aristocrat’s gaming solutions, which will allow the company to perform security operations and complex authentication tasks among users, applications, machines and backend servers. By implementing Game Guardian’s technology, Aristocrat can easily submit software upgrades to existing casinos without deploying new hardware or an entirely new infrastructure.
Certicom’s Game Guardian platform uses Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), which is a part of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) public-key crypto-system to protect 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. Suite B and ECC are used in a growing number of sectors ranging from networking, consumer electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors to government and financial services.
The Aristocrat Technologies group of companies was founded in 1953 and is based in Australia. Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), the group’s publicly traded Australian Stock Exchange listed entity, is a leading supplier of gaming solutions in the global market. The Aristocrat group supplies gaming machines, casino games, and multi-station gaming solutions to more than 500 licensed gaming venues across the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Macau and Canada. Aristocrat also provides onsite and field technological support for gaming machines and other gaming equipment including preventative maintenance and spare parts and logistics services.
“At Aristocrat, we have a reputation for outstanding performance, customer support and brand equity,” said Gareth Phillips, Chief Technology Officer for Aristocrat. “By embedding Certicom’s Game Guardian platform into our next generation solutions, we can provide our customers with the most market focused, dynamic and secure gaming experience possible. This powerful combination will help Aristocrat maintain its stature as a leading provider of casino products throughout the world.”
Certicom’s Game Guardian platform provides interoperability between gaming manufacturers such as Aristocrat and Bally Technologies, who recently announced a joint agreement to develop a common download and configuration system based on the open standards of the Gaming Standards Association (GSA). The new GSA-standard Downloadable Configuration Manager (DCM) will allow content download and configuration management for G2S based gaming machines and will be designed to co-exist with both companies' slot and casino management systems.
“We are thrilled that a leading gaming machine manufacturer, Aristocrat Technologies, has selected our Game Guardian platform to secure their next generation casino gaming network,” said Karna Gupta, Certicom CEO. “The technology landscape in the gaming industry is rapidly evolving as the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) and its members push forward with the adoption of open standards to enable innovation and interoperability. With our highly interoperable Game Guardian platform, Certicom is at the forefront of this campaign and is looking to provide casinos everywhere with the security solutions that they need.”
About Aristocrat Leisure Limited
Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) is a leading global provider of gaming solutions that consistently outperforms the competition. The Company is licensed by over two hundred regulators and its products and services are available in over ninety countries around the world. Aristocrat offers a diverse range of products and services including electronic gaming machines, interactive video terminal systems, electronic tables, and casino management systems. For further information visit the company’s website at www.aristocratgaming.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 www.certicom.com.
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