New Offering Allows Software Developers to Easily Incorporate Suite B Enabled SSL Support for Stronger Security
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (Oct. 27, 2008) – Certicom (TSX: CIC) today announced new support for Suite B algorithms in Security Builder® SSL™ (Secure Sockets Layer) for both C and Java languages. Security Builder SSL will enable developers targeting government, aerospace, financial, and other industries to quickly and easily incorporate Suite B enabled SSL support into their products.
Suite B is the set of cryptographic algorithms recommended by the National Security Agency (NSA) to secure classified and unclassified communications. In 2005, the NSA recommended Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) as the public key crypto system to protect such communications. The Suite B 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 including government and enterprise applications.
Certicom’s Security Builder SSL for C and Java offers comprehensive crypto support for developers who are building highly secure SSL products for financial, government, networking and mobile device markets today.
In addition to supporting Suite B, ECC, Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 and Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) Cipher cryptography, Certicom’s Security Builder SSL for C and Java solutions support FIPS 140-2 crypto. FIPS 140-2 is the security requirement for cryptographic modules as defined by the National Institute of Standards for Technology (NIST). The standard is required for sale of products implementing cryptography to the Federal Government.
“Certicom's SSL security technology is used by leading companies in the financial, government, networking and mobile device markets, and today is deployed in millions of devices around the world,” said Jim Alfred, director, Product Management, Certicom. “With this new offering, we are further expanding the capabilities offered by Security Builder SSL to fulfill our customers’ security needs. This additional support will make it easier than ever for developers and network administrators to attain Suite B compliance for their products.”
Security Builder SSL offers an easy-to-use application programming interface (API), support for more than 30 platforms and is optimized for a variety of environments including resource constrained devices and wireless applications.
Certicom manages and 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’s security offerings are currently licensed to hundreds of multinational technology companies, including IBM, General Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle and Research In Motion. Founded in 1985, Certicom’s corporate offices are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in Reston, Virginia and offices in Europe and Asia. Visit www.certicom.com.
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