MobileAware Meets Customers' Need for FIPS Validation with Certicom Technology

    The small footprint and proven implementations of Certicom's security
    ideal for mobile applications

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 16 /CNW/ - Certicom (TSX: CIC) today announced
that MobileAware has licensed Security Builder(R) GSE(TM) to meet the FIPS
140-2 security level requirement demanded by a growing number of
security-conscious corporate and government organizations. By using Certicom's
FIPS module that includes elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), MobileAware can
get to market faster with proven, standards-based security.
    Specifically, MobileAware will be using the Certicom technology to
provide over-the-air encryption in ExpressQ, MobileAware's core mobile
messaging product and Smart IP, which enables users to maintain secure
networked applications through coverage gaps and when moving through different
    A Certicom customer since 1997, MobileAware values Certicom for its
expertise in ECC and experience in providing enhanced security for
resource-constrained mobile devices. ECC provides more strength per bit than
other public keys and has been recommended by the National Security Agency as
part of the U.S. Government's crypto modernization program.
    "With Certicom's modules, we are able to construct very efficient
security protocols that conserve bandwidth and battery life. For several years
now, we have been convinced that ECC is the way to go and collaborating with
Certicom ensures that our customers will have the most efficient and secure
implementation of ECC available," said Brian Kinane, chief strategy officer at
    FIPS 140-2 validation is considered a benchmark for security. It assures
users that a specific security technology has passed rigorous testing under
the CAVP (Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program) and CMVP (Cryptographic
Module Validation Program) by an accredited third-party laboratory, and can be
used to secure sensitive information.
    "Our goal is to help companies like MobileAware meet the evolving
security needs of their customers quickly, easily and with the reassurance
that comes with using proven, standards-based technology," said Bernard
Crotty, Certicom's president and CEO. "By working with us, MobileAware is able
to continue to provide its customers cutting-edge, mobility infrastructure
that includes the most advanced and efficient security available."
    Security Builder GSE acts as a software-based cryptographic provider
within the Certicom(R) Security Architecture(TM) - a comprehensive, modular
and portable platform designed to allow developers to quickly and
cost-effectively embed security into applications, and across multiple
families and generations of devices. The modular architecture allows the
higher level toolkits, SSL, IPSec and PKI to utilize the Security Builder GSE
module in FIPS mode.

    About MobileAware

    MobileAware is the world's leading provider of Mobile Service
Infrastructure, a strategic approach for creating and managing mobile data
solutions across all lines of business. Whether you are looking to deploy
revenue-generating consumer services, cost-reducing customer services, or
productivity-enhancing employee services, MobileAware provides a unified
framework that fully integrates with existing enterprise service
infrastructure to make your mobile strategy a seamless extension of your
overall business strategy. Mobile Service Infrastructure simplifies the
complexity surrounding disparate data, device diversity and network
convergence, enabling companies to rapidly launch secure and reliable mobile
solutions that leverage existing business assets and resources. MobileAware is
a privately held company and is on the Web at

    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

    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

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For further information: Lisa Courtney Lloyd, Jolita Communications,
(613) 271-7512,

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