Certicom Announces New Support for Suite B Algorithms in its Security Builder SSL Crypto Solutions

    New Offering Allows Software Developers to Easily Incorporate Suite B
    Enabled SSL Support for Stronger Security

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Certicom (TSX: CIC) today announced new
support for Suite B algorithms in Security Builder(R) SSL(TM) (Secure Sockets
Layer) for both C and Java languages. Security Builder SSL will enable
developers targeting government, aerospace, financial, and other industries to
quickly and easily incorporate Suite B enabled SSL support into their
    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 Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)
as the public key crypto system to protect such communications. The Suite B
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 including
government and enterprise applications.
    Certicom's Security Builder SSL for C and Java offers comprehensive
crypto support for developers who are building highly secure SSL products for
financial, government, networking and mobile device markets today.
    In addition to supporting Suite B, ECC, Transport Layer Security (TLS)
1.2 and Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) Cipher cryptography, Certicom's Security
Builder SSL for C and Java solutions support FIPS 140-2 crypto. 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.
    "Certicom's SSL security technology is used by leading companies in the
financial, government, networking and mobile device markets, and today is
deployed in millions of devices around the world," said Jim Alfred, director,
Product Management, Certicom. "With this new offering, we are further
expanding the capabilities offered by Security Builder SSL to fulfill our
customers' security needs. This additional support will make it easier than
ever for developers and network administrators to attain Suite B compliance
for their products."
    Security Builder SSL offers an easy-to-use application programming
interface (API), support for more than 30 platforms and is optimized for a
variety of environments including resource constrained devices and wireless

    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.

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For further information:

For further information: John Conrad, Merritt Group, Inc., (703)
390-1538, conrad@merrittgrp.com

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