Certicom’s Security Technology Supports FIPS 140-2 Certification for Sybase

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (October 14, 2008) – Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced that Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, will use Certicom’s Security Builder® family of security solutions to achieve FIPS 140-2 certification, the benchmark standard for government agency data security. Under the license terms, Sybase has the right to incorporate Certicom’s security solutions into a wide variety of its enterprise and mobility offerings, including database applications, applications servers and synching technology. 

Sybase® solutions enable customers to access information securely from the data center anytime, anywhere.  The company has been recognized by customers in financial services, telecommunications, healthcare and government as the trusted provider to manage and mobilize their sensitive information.  

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. Companies who lack a FIPS 140-2 validation and are unable to prove that such a validation is in the process of being obtained will not be able to access the government market with its products.

“We are pleased that Sybase continues to partner with Certicom for its database security needs,” said Karna Gupta, CEO of Certicom.  “Managing and mobilizing information is a key priority for Sybase customers.  Certicom security solutions help Sybase customers gain confidence that their information is secure at all times, on any device.” 

About Certicom
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

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