Certicom Suite B Power Bundle for nCipher HSMs to deliver complete hardware and software support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography



    Strength of elliptic curve cryptography meets government and commercial
    security requirements

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 9 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today
announced a partnership with nCipher (LSE: NCH) to provide Certicom's Suite B
Power Bundle products for nCipher hardware security modules (HSMs). This will
allow nCipher and Certicom customers to quickly comply with the U.S.
government's Suite B specifications. The need for stronger security is driving
the demand for elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), which is recommended by the
U.S. government and is also being adopted by industry to protect valuable
information.
    ECC is a computationally efficient form of cryptography - an essential
building block in security applications - that offers equivalent security to
other competing technologies but with much smaller key sizes. This efficiency
results in faster computations, lower power consumption, as well as memory and
bandwidth savings, thereby making it ideal for today's servers and enterprise
applications. Because of this efficiency, organizations can meet growing
security requirements, and reduce the number of servers required to manage the
cryptographic keys. For example, depending on the hardware platform used, ECC
can provide better than a 10:1 performance advantage over RSA and reduces the
number of servers required by 7.5:1.
    "By offering an ECC-enabled HSM with Certicom's Suite B Power Bundle
software tools customers can easily adopt best practice and use hardware to
protect their ECC applications as well as having access to the most advanced
key management tools available," said Dr Nicko van Someren, chief technology
officer at nCipher. "The partnership with Certicom ensures that our customers
will have the most efficient and secure implementation of ECC available and be
compliant with the latest government standards."
    ECC is used in a growing number of sectors ranging from consumer
electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors to government and financial
services. In 2005, The National Security Agency's (NSA) recommended ECC as the
public-key cryptosystem to protect classified and unclassified government
communications. These recommendations, known as Suite B, are part of an
initiative to upgrade the security infrastructure of the government's
communications to meet present and future security needs.
    "ECC security technology meets the demanding requirements of many
customers, including the U.S. government," said Bernard Crotty, president and
CEO of Certicom. "The nCipher partnership provides our government and
enterprise customers with a range of deployment options allowing them to
develop end-to-end ECC solutions with the highest performance implementations
available and hardware protection from the most trusted name in the market."
    Under the agreement, nCipher will provide the first high-speed
ECC-enabled HSMs on the market and Certicom will provide Suite B software
tools for developing complete ECC applications.

    About nCipher
    nCipher protects critical enterprise data for many of the world's most
security-conscious organizations. Delivering solutions in the fields of
identity management, data protection, enterprise key management and
cryptographic hardware, nCipher enables businesses to identify who can access
data, to protect data in transit and at rest, and to comply with the growing
number of privacy-driven regulations. nCipher plc is listed on the London
Stock Exchange (LSE:NCH). www.ncipher.com

    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 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.
Actual results may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference
include, but are not limited to, those relating to the acceptance of mobile
and wireless devices and the continued growth of e-commerce and m-commerce,
the increase of the demand for mutual authentication in m-commerce
transactions, the acceptance of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology
as an industry standard, the market acceptance of our principal products and
sales of our customer's products, the impact of competitive products and
technologies, the possibility of our products infringing patents and other
intellectual property of fourth parties, and costs of product development.
Certicom will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or
circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential
factors that could affect Certicom's financial results is included in the
documents Certicom files from time to time with the Canadian securities
regulatory authorities.

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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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