Certicom Launches Suite B Platform Extensions Power Bundle



    Modules easily added to existing infrastructure to make applications
    Suite B compliant

    Suite B power bundles to be demonstrated at RSA Conference

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Certicom (TSX: CIC) today announced the
Suite B Platform Extensions Power Bundle to help IT managers easily add
Suite B algorithms to existing infrastructure, thereby making them compliant
with the latest industry best practices. The Suite B Platform Extensions Power
Bundle includes a comprehensive set of software cryptographic providers that
support industry-leading platforms and applications.
    As part of the U.S. government's crypto modernization program, the
National Security Agency (NSA) recommended that communication devices and
services use a specific set of cryptographic algorithms, known as Suite B, to
protect classified and unclassified communications. The private sector is also
beginning to implement the Suite B algorithms in products and services as
Suite B has redefined what is considered industry best practice for
cryptographic implementations.

    
    Elements of Suite B include:

    Encryption:         Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) - FIPS 197
    Digital Signature:  Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA)
                        - FIPS 186-2
    Key Exchange:       Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) or Elliptic
                        Curve Menezes-Qu-Vanstone (ECMQV) - NIST Special
                        Publication 800-56A
    Hashing:            Secure Hash Algorithm-2 (SHA-2)- FIPS 180-2
    

    "Suite B is defining new best practices to make applications and devices
secure today and in the future. Globally, governments and a growing number of
influential enterprises are implementing the recommended algorithms and others
are following their lead," said Dr. Scott Vanstone, Certicom founder and EVP
strategic technology. "Certicom's Suite B Bundles provide proven
implementations, making it easy for organizations to be Suite B compliant."

    Certicom Suite B Platform Power Bundle includes:

    
    -   Security Builder(R) for .NET: module gives Microsoft .NET Framework
        implementations access to all of the Suite B algorithms for Suite B
        compliancy
    -   Certicom(R) Suite B CSP for Windows Vista(TM): module allows Windows
        Vista applications to be Suite B compliant by giving them access to
        the remaining recommended algorithms.
    -   Security Builder(R) Open Source API: module allows existing Open
        Source users to seamlessly achieve Suite B and FIPS 140-2 compliance
    -   Security Builder(R) SSL(TM) mod-SSL plug-in for Apache: module allows
        Apache web servers to become Suite B and FIPS 140-2 compliant
    -   Certicom(R) Suite B CSP for Firefox(TM): cryptographic plug-in allows
        Firefox browsers to become Suite B and FIPS 140-2 compliant
    

    Elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) is the only public key used in Suite B,
and therefore, is quickly replacing RSA algorithms as the de facto public key
used in security mechanisms. The driving force behind ECC is the need for
stronger security that can hold its strength today and for decades to come.
Also, because ECC offers more security per bit than other public-key
algorithms, it doesn't compromise performance, a feature especially important
in constrained environments such as mobile devices and chips. For years,
organizations such as ANSI, IETF and NIST have been adding ECC to standards.
    Certicom is known as the ECC pioneer and expert, having researched and
developed ECC-based implementations and security for the past 20 years.
Certicom's family of Suite B products and services is the industry's most
comprehensive set of cryptographic modules, including proven and optimized
implementations for all of the Suite B requirements.
    The Certicom Suite B Power Bundles are available immediately and will be
demonstrated in the Certicom booth No. 1236 at the RSA Conference, Moscone
Center, San Francisco, February 5-9, 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

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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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