Certicom’s Elliptic Curve Cryptography Certificate Authority to Benefit Device Manufacturers and Service Provider

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (January 22, 2008) Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today launched its new Certicom Device Certificate Authority (CA), a managed service offering that issues digital certificates to high-volume device manufacturers that have bulk certificate requirements. This service will benefit manufacturers that produce devices such as HDTVs, cable set-top boxes, mobile handsets and security-sensitive low-power sensor and control devices.

As new devices communicate more sensitive data and process critical transactions the need to authenticate device identities has become increasingly important. Digital certificates issued by a trusted authority provide an enhanced level of authentication that can not be achieved by cryptography alone.

Certicom’s service is capable of issuing digital certificates based on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), as well as legacy RSA. ECC offers the most security-per-bit of any public key cryptographic algorithm. Due to its strength, ECC is being adopted in a growing number of security standards for content protection, wireless networking, and resource constrained applications.

The device certificate authority gives customers the option to obtain ECC-based certificates, including highly compact and efficient Elliptic Curve Qu-Vanstone “Implicit Certificates,” from a trusted commercial authority. All certificates are issued using policies and procedures that have been developed to the ISO 27001 security standard. Once a service order has been approved by the customer, and authenticated by Certicom, the order is fulfilled by a Certicom operations team within a Certicom secured facility.

“With our Certicom Device CA service, device manufacturers can leverage the performance of ECC-based certificates to secure data and communications without the cost of developing and maintaining their own certificate authority,” said Jim Alfred, Director of Product Management for Certicom. “Adopting ECC to secure your applications has never been easier.”


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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For Certicom:
John Conrad
Merritt Group Inc.

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