Certicom Launches Security Builder API for .NET

    Independent Software Developers may easily add support for ECC and
    Suite B to the Microsoft .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Certicom (TSX: CIC) today launched
Security Builder(R) API for .NET, enabling independent software developers to
easily add elliptic curve algorithms, including those in Suite B, to the
Microsoft .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework applications. Independent
software developers can add elliptic curve and Suite B algorithms to new and
legacy applications running on multiple Windows platforms. They can also use
the Certicom application to easily integrate a pre-approved FIPS 140-2
cryptographic module.
    Suite B is the set of cryptographic algorithms recommended by the
National Security Agency (NSA) to secure classified and unclassified
communications. The private sector is also beginning to implement Suite B
algorithms in products and services as Suite B has redefined what is
considered industry best practice for cryptographic implementations.
    "For some time, security has been one of the key areas of focus for
Microsoft," said Thom Robbins, Director of .NET Platform Product Management at
Microsoft Corp. "With Security Builder API for .NET Framework-based
applications, Certicom is providing a valuable tool for developers to add
advanced security to applications built on the .NET Framework."

    Security Builder API for .NET:

    -   Meet government-level security: Certicom enables legacy .NET
        Framework applications and newer environments to attain complete
        Suite B-level security with highly optimized implementations. The
        .NET API also enables access to the FIPS-Validated algorithms which
        provide TLS and IPSec support.

    -   Increase ROI: The .NET API is interoperable with Microsoft CAPI and
        supports all .NET platforms and the new Microsoft CNG architecture.
        Components built for the .NET Framework can be used easily by any of
        the more than 20 approved .NET languages, including Visual C(sharp)
        and Visual Basic .NET. This allows software vendors to leverage their
        investment and reuse existing code.

    -   Reduces time to market: Security Builder API for .NET crypto classes
        integrate into the .NET Framework architecture with ease, cutting
        development time by 50 per cent or more.

    -   Provides comprehensive security solution: The Certicom solution acts
        as an abstraction layer to the cryptographic providers within the
        Certicom(R) Security Architecture(TM) - a comprehensive, portable and
        modular solution designed to allow developers to quickly and cost-
        effectively embed security across multiple families and generations
        of devices.

    "Security Builder API for .NET enables independent software developers to
easily integrate strong, efficient security into their .NET Framework-based
applications whether on a desktop or portable device. Without it developers
must either abandon security functions based on existing code or create new
.NET crypto classes and wrappers," said Jim Alfred, director of Product
Management for Certicom. "Suite B has redefined what is considered industry
best practice in cryptography algorithms, providing the public and private
sector a durable standard for future proofing their applications with strong,
efficient cryptography."
    Security Builder API for .NET is available today. For more information,
visit www.certicom.com/apifor.net. For pricing information, please contact

    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 sensitive but 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.
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: John Conrad, Merritt Group, Inc., (703)
390-1538, conrad@merrittgrp.com

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