Sybase License Agreement for Certicom's Security Solutions



    
    Certicom's Security Technology Supports FIPS 140-2 Certification for
    Sybase
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today
announced that Sybase, Inc. (NYSE:   SY), a leading provider of enterprise
infrastructure and mobile software, will use Certicom's Security Builder(R)
family of security solutions to achieve FIPS 140-2 certification, the
benchmark standard for government agency data security. Under the license
terms, Sybase has the right to incorporate Certicom's security solutions into
a wide variety of its enterprise and mobility offerings, including database
applications, applications servers and synching technology.
    Sybase(R) solutions enable customers to access information securely from
the data center anytime, anywhere. The company has been recognized by
customers in financial services, telecommunications, healthcare and government
as the trusted provider to manage and mobilize their sensitive information.
    FIPS 140-2 is the security requirement for cryptographic modules as
defined by the National Institute of Standards for Technology (NIST). The
standard is required for sale of products implementing cryptography to the
Federal Government. Companies who lack a FIPS 140-2 validation and are unable
to prove that such a validation is in the process of being obtained will not
be able to access the government market with its products.
    "We are pleased that Sybase continues to partner with Certicom for its
database security needs," said Karna Gupta, CEO of Certicom. "Managing and
mobilizing information is a key priority for Sybase customers. Certicom
security solutions help Sybase customers gain confidence that their
information is secure at all times, on any device."

    About Certicom

    Certicom manages and 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's security offerings are currently licensed to
hundreds of multinational technology companies, including IBM, General
Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle and Research In Motion. Founded in 1985, Certicom's
corporate offices are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales and
marketing headquarters in Reston, Virginia and offices in Europe and Asia.
Visit www.certicom.com.

    Certicom Safe Harbor Statement

    Except for historical information contained herein, this news release
contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.
Forward-looking information includes information concerning Certicom's future
financial performance, business strategy, plans, goals and objectives. When
used in such documents, the words "plans", "expects", "budget", "scheduled",
"estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "will", "believes" or
variations of such words and phrases often, but not always, identify forward
looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results or events to
differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: the
ability of Certicom to successfully implement its strategic initiatives and
whether such strategic initiatives will yield the expected benefits; the
ability of Certicom to develop, promote and protect its proprietary technology
security breaches or defects in Certicom's products; competitive conditions in
the businesses in which Certicom participates; changes in consumer spending;
the outcome of legal proceedings as they arise; general economic conditions
and normal business uncertainty; consolidation in Certicom's industry and by
its customers; customer preferences towards product offerings; the risk that
customers may cancel their contracts with Certicom; reliance on a limited
number of customers; demand for ECC-based technology; performance of
Certicom's management team and Certicom's ability to attract and retain
skilled employees; operating Certicom'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 Certicom's annual information form dated July 21, 2008 and filed
on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

    Sybase is a registered trademark of Sybase, Inc.

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For further information:

For further information: Press Contact: John Conrad, Merritt Group PR
for Certicom, (703) 390-1538, conrad@merrittgrp.com

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