Bally Technologies Licenses Certicom Security for Next Generation Casino Systems



    World's Leading Casino Systems Provider to Standardize and Integrate
    Certicom's Complete End-to-End Server-Based Gaming Security Solution

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced
that Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:   BYI) has licensed the Game Guardian
SBG(TM) (Server Based Gaming) security platform to protect its next-generation
casino systems. Specifically, Bally Technologies will use Certicom's Game
Guardian SBG Certificate Authority (CA) Server and Game Guardian SBG Client to
enable secure, authenticated connections between applications, gaming machines
and backend servers.
    The Game Guardian SBG platform will be integrated into Bally Technologies
rapidly growing line of server-based gaming solutions, allowing the company to
perform security operations and complex authentication demands in only a
fraction of the time of other commonly-used security schemes. With Game
Guardian, Bally Technologies can easily submit software upgrades to existing
casinos without the undue burden of new hardware or entirely new
infrastructure to deploy.
    Certicom's Game Guardian platform ensures the strongest level of security
through leading-edge cryptography, including Elliptic Curve Cryptography
(ECC). In 2005, the NSA recommended ECC as the public-key crypto-system to
protect classified and unclassified government 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. ECC is used in a growing number of sectors ranging from
networking, consumer electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors to
government and financial services.
    Founded in 1932 and based in Las Vegas, Bally Technologies is a
diversified, worldwide gaming company that designs, manufactures, operates and
distributes slot and video machines to a global gaming industry that includes
casino, racino, video lottery, central determination and Class II markets.
Bally also designs, integrates and sells highly specialized computerized
monitoring systems that provide casinos with networked accounting and security
services for their gaming machines with more than 368,000 game monitoring
units installed worldwide at more than 481 locations.
    Server based gaming is the next wave of casino technology that is gaining
tremendous interest, offering users a much more dynamic and interactive gaming
experience. Because it is centrally managed through a single console, casino
owners can use a main computer to instantly control and connect all the
machines on a casino floor, while tailoring each one to a player's preference.
It offers players a way to play the games they want at any location without
having to switch machines. It also saves casino owners money on personnel and
staffing costs.
    "Bally Technologies prides itself on being a leading innovator in the
next generation of gaming systems. As the gaming industry migrates toward
networked-based systems and GSA-protocol standards, network security becomes
an ever-increasing concern," said Robert Crowder, Vice President of Advanced
Product Development for Bally Technologies. "We are pleased to partner with
Certicom, utilizing Game Guardian security algorithms to protect the sensitive
data moving through casino-floor networks and gaming machines."
    Certicom's Game Guardian SBG CA Server is a turnkey product that provides
sub-root certificate authority services for Bally Technologies' entire casino
operator network. The CA Server issues digital certificates used to create
digital signatures and public-private key pairs. It guarantees that the
individual granted the unique certificate is who he or she claims to be, so
that users and relying parties can trust the information in Certicom's
certificates. The Game Guardian CA Server is a highly customized and high
performance Gaming CA 'end-to-end' security solution, which also follows the
rigorous security standards set out by the Gaming Regulatory Agencies
worldwide.
    "We are pleased that Bally Technologies has selected our Game Guardian
security platform as it rolls out its next generation casino gaming systems,"
said Bernard W. Crotty, president and CEO of Certicom. "The capabilities in
our Game Guardian platform will enable a complete new gaming experience and
our secure protocols allow casinos everywhere to take advantage of all the
benefits associated with server-based gaming, for instance, increased
efficiency to changing games on the fly for customers. Game Guardian has the
potential to become the gold standard of security in the gaming industry."

    About Bally Technologies Inc.

    With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies
designs, manufactures, operates and distributes advanced gaming devices,
systems and technology solutions worldwide. Bally's product line includes
reel-spinning slot machines, video slots, wide-area progressives and Class II,
lottery and central determination games and platforms. As the world's No. 1
gaming systems company, Bally also offers an array of casino management, slot
accounting, bonusing, cashless and table management solutions. The Company
also owns and operates Rainbow Casino in Vicksburg, Miss. Additional Company
information, including the Company's investor presentations, can be found at
www.BallyTech.com.

    About Certicom

    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.

    Certicom, Certicom Security Architecture, Certicom Trust Infrastructure,
Certicom CodeSign, Certicom KeyInject, Security Builder, Security Builder API,
Security Builder BSP, Security Builder Crypto, Security Builder ETS, Security
Builder GSE, Security Builder IPSec, Security Builder NSE, Security Builder
PKI and Security Builder SSL are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Certicom Corp. All other companies and products listed herein are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information subject to
change.

    Except for historical information contained herein, this news release
contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.
Forward-looking information includes information concerning the Company's
future financial performance, business strategy, plans, goals and objectives.
When used in such documents, the words "plans", "expects", "budget",
"scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "will",
"believes" or variations of such words and phrases often, but not always,
identify forward looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results
or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other
things: the ability of the Company to successfully implement its strategic
initiatives and whether such strategic initiatives will yield the expected
benefits; the ability of the Company to develop, promote and protect its
proprietary technology security breaches or defects in the Company's products;
competitive conditions in the businesses in which the Company participates;
changes in consumer spending; the outcome of legal proceedings as they arise;
general economic conditions and normal business uncertainty; consolidation in
the Company's industry and by its customers; customer preferences towards
product offerings; the risk that customers may cancel their contracts with the
Company; reliance on a limited number of customers; demand for ECC-based
technology; performance of the Company's management team and the Company's
ability to attract and retain skilled employees; operating the Company's
business profitably; fluctuations in revenue and foreign currency exchange
rates; interest rate fluctuations and other changes in borrowing costs; the
ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships; and other factors
identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual
information form dated July 26, 2007 and filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

    %SEDAR: 00003865E




For further information:

For further information: For Certicom, John Conrad, Merritt Group Inc.,
(703) 390-1538, conrad@merrittgrp.com

Organization Profile

CERTICOM CORP.

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890