Tumbleweed Licenses Certicom's Elliptic Curve Cryptography



    
    License with Certicom's Security Builder Solutions Will Help Ensure
    FIPS 140-2 and Suite B Compliance
    

    MISSISSAUGA, July 21 /CNW/ - Certicom (TSX: CIC), an industry leader in
elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) security, announced today that
Tumbleweed Communications Corp. (NASDAQ:  TMWD), an industry leader in managed
file transfer, email security, and identity validation, will use Certicom's
Security Builder(R) family of solutions. Licensing Certicom's ECC technology
provides one of the highest standards of encryption for customers and will
help Tumbleweed streamline future Federal Industry Protections Standards
(FIPS) 140-2 and Suite B compliance efforts.
    In 2007, Tumbleweed received 140-2 Level 1 certification, the benchmark
standard for government agency data security, for the security kernel used in
its suite of products. The license with Certicom will help expedite subsequent
certification efforts through one vendor. The first Tumbleweed products to
integrate the libraries that support ECC are Secure Messenger(TM) for email
encryption and MailGate(R) for inbound and outbound email security.
    "By enlisting Certicom's ECC technology, Tumbleweed is reconfirming its
commitment to providing the strongest encryption and authentication
capabilities that the military, federal, local and state government agencies
need to maintain a secure online communications channel," said Taher Elgamal,
Chief Technology Officer of Tumbleweed Communications Corp. "In addition,
working with a single, best-in-class crypto platform will help streamline
future FIPS accreditation efforts - and that is exceptionally valuable."
    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.
    Suite B is the set of cryptographic algorithms recommended by the
National Security Agency (NSA) to secure classified and unclassified
communications. In 2005, the NSA recommended ECC as the public key crypto
system to protect 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. ECC is used in a growing number of sectors ranging from
networking, consumer electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors to
government and financial services.
    "Certicom is proud to add Tumbleweed Communications to our growing
portfolio of customers," said Karna Gupta, CEO of Certicom. "Our NSA-approved
technology is amongst the highest quality in the industry, and leading
companies like Tumbleweed are increasingly turning to us as a best-in-class
security partner."

    TUMBLEWEED SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

    Tumbleweed cautions that forward-looking statements contained in this
press release are based on plans and expectations as of the date of the press
release, and that a number of factors could cause the actual results to differ
materially from the guidance given at this time. These factors are described
in the Safe Harbor statement below.
    Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters
discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements that
involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those projected, particularly with respect to FIPS
certification of Tumbleweed products, as well Tumbleweed's continued use of
Certicom solutions. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be
identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "potential,"
"continue," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes,"
"estimates," and similar expressions. For further cautions about the risks of
investing in Tumbleweed, we refer you to the documents Tumbleweed files from
time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly
Tumbleweed's Form 10-K filed March 17, 2008 and Tumbleweed's Form 10-Q filed
May 12, 2008.
    Tumbleweed assumes no obligation to update information contained in this
press release. Although this release may remain available on Tumbleweed's
website or elsewhere, its continued availability does not indicate that
Tumbleweed is reaffirming or confirming any of the information contained
herein.

    About Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Communications Corp. (NASDAQ:  TMWD), an industry leader in
managed file transfer, email security and identity validation, provides
enterprise-class solutions to organizations of all sizes. Tumbleweed's
innovative products enable organizations to effectively manage and protect
business-critical Internet communications, with capabilities that span secure
file transfer, encryption, data loss prevention, and email security.
Tumbleweed has more than 3,300 customers worldwide, including blue-chip
companies across an array of industries such as Technology, Retail, Finance,
Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consumer Packaged Goods, Telecom, Energy, and the
U.S. Government. The world's most security conscious organizations rely upon
Tumbleweed technology including Bank of America Securities,
JP Morgan Chase & Co., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the
U.S. Department of Defense. Our award-winning products build on 15 years of
R&D and 30 security patents in the U.S. alone - many of which are licensed by
other security vendors. More information can be found at www.tumbleweed.com.
    Tumbleweed, Secure Messenger and MailGate are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Tumbleweed Communications Corp. in the United States and/or
other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.

    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 26, 2007 and filed
on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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For further information: John Conrad, Merritt Group, Inc., (703)
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