Cybertrust Licenses Certicom Suite B Power Bundle Products to Offer Commercially Available Elliptic Curve Certificates



    Strength of elliptic curve cryptography meets government and commercial
    security requirements

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today
announced that Cybertrust, the global information security specialist, has
licensed Certicom's Suite B Power Bundle Products for use in its range of
PKI-based identity management solutions. 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. Cybertrust will offer elliptic curve certificates
through its managed Certification Authority services, including its certified
Shared Service Provider program, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) services and its
in-house PKI offering, UniCERT.
    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 ECC certificates by default in our broad range of identity
management solutions, we provide our customers with stronger security that is
compliant with the latest government standards," said Stijn Bijnens,
Cybertrust senior vice president identity management. "The collaboration with
Certicom 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 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 Ian McKinnon, president and
CEO of Certicom. "The Cybertrust collaboration provides our government and
enterprise customers the critical public key infrastructure needed to develop
end-to-end ECC solutions with the highest performance implementations
available."
    Cybertrust will promote its next generation certificate authority
capabilities at Certicom's ECC World booth No. 1236 at the RSA Conference
2007, Feb. 5-9, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA. The Cybertrust exhibit,
Booth No. 1919, will highlight the company's broad range of security services
and solutions.

    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

    About Cybertrust

    Cybertrust is the global information security specialist, delivering
services that secure critical data, protect identities and help customers
demonstrate ongoing compliance. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, United
States with more than 30 offices around the globe, Cybertrust is one of the
world's largest providers of information security and a global market leader
in managed security services. For more information, visit www.cybertrust.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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