IdentiPHI to Incorporate Certicom's ECC Security into New Biometric and
Smart Card Authentication Products for Businesses and Government Agencies
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today
announced that it has licensed its Elliptic Curve Cryptography technology to
IdentiPHI Inc., an industry leader in enterprise advanced authentication,
single sign-on and endpoint management for Suite B compliance. IdentiPHI will
incorporate Certicom's ECC algorithms into a new line of enterprise security
products designed for the authentication marketplace.
Suite B is the set of cryptographic algorithms recommended by the
National Security Agency (NSA) to secure government communications. The
private sector also is beginning to implement Suite B algorithms in a range of
products and services.
By adding this level of security into its Enterprise Security Suite of
Advanced Authentication products for biometric and smart card devices,
IdentiPHI meets the NSA's Suite B Cryptography recommendations. Furthermore,
through this licensing agreement, IdentiPHI customers in the authentication
market will benefit from Certicom's advanced ECC technology to secure their
applications today and for decades to come.
"The authentication market is highly competitive and Certicom's ECC
technology allows us to build new products with biometric and smart card
capabilities that meet the strict security demands of government agencies as
well as businesses around the world," said Mark Norwalk, Chief Technology
Officer, IdentiPHI. "Certicom's ECC technology ensures that our customers will
have the most efficient and secure implementation of ECC available."
ECC is used in a growing number of sectors ranging from networking,
consumer electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors to government and
financial services. 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.
"The need for advanced cryptographic security among government agencies
and businesses is driving the demand for Certicom's NSA-approved ECC
technology," said Bernard W. Crotty, president and CEO of Certicom.
"Organizations today have increasingly stringent security requirements and
embedding our ECC security into IdentiPHI's portfolio of enterprise security
products will give the highest level of cryptography available to customers
that IdentiPHI serves."
About IdentiPHI, Inc.
Headquartered in Austin Texas, IdentiPHI is an innovative technology
company offering a comprehensive suite of enterprise security solutions and
consulting services. Comprised of experienced thought-leaders and partners in
the industry, IdentiPHI is setting the standard for what organizations are
looking for in a security solution. IdentiPHI provides flexible applications
tools and integration that meet or exceed current legislation requirements to
strengthen identity management and advanced authentication systems. We are
defining security technology to meet the evolving challenges of today's ever
changing fast-paced business needs.
On September 4th, IdentiPHI, Inc. and Saflink(R) Corporation (OTC
Bulletin Board: SFLK - News) announced a merger agreement. This merger is
expected to strengthen IdentiPHI's position in the enterprise security
solutions market by combining a rich technology portfolio with established and
growing distribution channels. For more information please call our toll free
line at 888-436-8744, or visit http://www.identiphi.net.
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
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For further information: For Certicom: John Conrad, Merritt Group Inc.,
(703) 390-1538, firstname.lastname@example.org; For IdentiPHI: Chris Collier, (512)
492-6220 ext 107, email@example.com