Certicom Announces Security Builder API for Open Source



    Certicom's cryptographic plug-in allows OpenSSL applications to be
    Suite B and FIPS compliant

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - Certicom (TSX: CIC) today announced
Security Builder API for Open Source to help OpenSSL developers easily add
elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) to their applications. The SSL shim, or
abstraction layer, allows developers to plug SSL applications into Certicom's
software cryptographic providers that include elliptic curve and Suite B
algorithms as well as a pre-approved FIPS-140-2 cryptographic module.
    The small size of ECC algorithms is the main driver behind its growing
popularity in both commercial and government sectors. This efficiency (more
security per bit) offers performance improvements with little impact on
battery life and memory. For example, the use of 224-bit ECC in OpenSSL could
increase performance by 3x on Apache Web Servers, resulting in 3x as many
transactions being processed in a given timeframe(1). OpenSSL is the security
layer used by Apache Web Server, the most dominant Web server on the Internet.
    The efficiency of ECC also results in a longer cryptographic life span,
which was one of the main drivers behind the National Security Agency (NSA)
identifying ECC-based security mechanisms in Suite B, the recommended
guidelines for protecting government communications.
    "ECC offers tremendous performance and security advantages and we're
providing an easy way for developers to add it to their SSL application
without the need to re-code," said Jim Alfred, director of product management
at Certicom.
    Security Builder API for Open Source is a cost-effective way for OpenSSL
developers to support ECC, including Suite B algorithms, and be FIPS 140-2
compliant. Pricing depends on the customer's platform requirements and
includes developer licenses, royalties, and support services. It is available
immediately. For more information, visit www.certicom.com.

    (1) Tests conducted by Sun Microsystems and presented at the RSA
    Conference, 2007

    About Certicom

    Certicom protects the value of your content, applications and devices
with government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security Agency
(NSA) for classified and sensitive but unclassified government communications,
Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provides the most security per bit of any
known public-key scheme. As the undisputed 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, ON, Canada with worldwide
sales and marketing headquarters in Reston, VA and offices in the US, Canada
and Europe. Visit www.certicom.com

    Certicom, Certicom ECC Core, 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
MCE, 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.
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, 2006 and
filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Lisa Courtney Lloyd, Jolita Communications,
(613) 271-7512, lcourtneylloyd@jolita.ca

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