Dr. Martin Hellman, Co-Inventor of Public Key Cryptography, to Keynote the Certicom ECC Conference

    Leading cryptography researchers and industry experts discuss impact of
    crypto modernization and Suite B and the growing use of ECC in commercial

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today
announced that Dr. Martin Hellman, one of the leading experts on cryptography
and co-inventor of public key cryptography, will speak at "ECC: Simply the
Best," the fourth annual Certicom ECC Conference, November 13-15 in Toronto,
Canada. Dr. Hellman is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at
Stanford University.
    In his keynote address, entitled, "A Fool's Errand: Inventing Public Key
Cryptography," Dr. Hellman will recount his early days in studying
cryptography and discovering public key cryptography. He will share with
participants what brought him to cryptography; why he disregarded conventional
wisdom; the roles of Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle (his co-inventors),
RSA, and NSA; and the thought sequence that led to public key cryptography.
    The Certicom ECC Conference offers a forum for discussing real-world
applications of cryptography, evolving security standards and pure
mathematics. This year, session speakers will discuss Suite B cryptanalysis;
application interoperability; the transition between ECC and RSA; Suite B
product applications; ECC applications in electronic commerce, content
protection, mobility, wireless networks, RFID and enterprise software; and ECC
implementation, optimization and benchmarking.
    "We are honored to have one of the true luminaries in cryptography at our
conference," said Dr. Scott Vanstone, Certicom founder and EVP strategic
technology. "Martin Hellman will give us a special perspective on today's
security challenges. We look forward to hearing his views on the industry."
    ECC is used in a growing number of industries - ranging from consumer
electronics, wireless devices and semiconductors to financial services and
government. The U.S. Government (through the National Security Agency's Suite
B initiative) has identified ECC-based security mechanisms as the recommended
technology for protecting government communications. ECC implementations are
used to protect content, securely transmit data and digitally sign documents.
The small size of ECC algorithms is the main driver behind its popularity as
it provides savings in terms of time, memory, bandwidth, and energy
    For more information about the Certicom ECC Conference or to register,
visit: www.certicom.com/conference2007

    About Certicom
    Certicom 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 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,
Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in Reston,
Virginia and offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and China. Visit

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

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