Openwave Licenses Certicom's ECC Security Technology
Certicom’s Leading Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Provides Increased Levels of Efficient Security for Wireless Internet TransactionsHAYWARD, Calif., June 5, 2001 Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that Openwave Systems Inc., has licensed Certicoms Security Builder® toolkit to provide increased levels of efficient security for Openwaves market leading products, including the Openwave Mobile Browser (formerly the Openwave UP.Browser) and the Openwave Mobile Access Gateway (formerly the Openwave UP.Link Server). By taking advantage of Certicoms high performance Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), a main feature of the Security Builder Toolkit, Openwaves microbrowser and gateway products can offer enhanced, state-of-the-art wireless security to consumers purchasing goods and services using mobile phones and the wireless Internet.
Security Builder enables advanced security by incorporating ECC technology as well as support for other encryption algorithms, including RSA, 3DES and AES. By using Certicoms ECC technology, battery, storage and processing power limitations of current mobile devices are minimized, allowing proven desktop Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) security to be delivered straight to the mobile device. ECC, the industrys smallest, fastest, and most efficient security algorithm that is commercially standardized, is used by leading OEMs such as Motorola, Sony, Palm and RIM to provide advanced security for wireless devices, gateways and content servers.
"Certicoms global leadership in cryptography enables Openwave to provide its customers with the most advanced end-to-end security available," said Bruce Martin, VP of Technology for Openwave. "Certicoms toolkits enhance Openwaves position in the market by enabling high performance security solutions throughout the Openwave Services OS family of products."
As the market leader for the mobile Internet, Openwave software has been deployed in more than 70 percent of the worlds Internet-enabled phones. Over 80 network operators worldwide have licensed the Openwave Mobile Access Gateway. Additionally, components of the Openwave Services OS have been deployed today by mobile operators who service more than 50 percent of the worlds mobile subscribers, including four of the top five mobile operators in the United States.
As previously announced, Openwave will offer MobileTrust digital certificates as optional features of the Openwave Mobile Browser. Inclusion of Certicoms MobileTrust root key in the security architecture enables secure, authenticated transactions such as stock trading, mcommerce, and banking.
"Openwave, a key Certicom partner, is a leading provider of communication infrastructure software that enables the delivery of mobile- and Internet-based services to mass-market wireless devices, said Richard Depew, Certicoms executive vice president. This partnership provides enhanced convenience and efficiency to Openwave customers and the general subscriber seeking additional security for high-value wireless transactions."
Openwave Systems Inc. is the worldwide leader of open IP-based communication infrastructure software and applications. Openwave is a global company headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, please visit www.openwave.com.
Certicom is a leading provider of information security software and services, specializing in solutions for mobile e-business. The companys products and services are specifically designed to address the challenges imposed by a wireless data environment. Certicoms solutions incorporate its efficient encryption technology and are based on industry standards for information security that utilize public key cryptography. Certicoms products are currently licensed to more than 200 customers including Handspring, Inc., Motorola, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Palm, Inc., QUALCOMM, Inc., Research In Motion Ltd. and Sony International (Europe) GmbH. Certicoms headquarters and worldwide sales and marketing operations are based in the Silicon Valley in Hayward. For more information, visit Certicoms Web site at http://www.certicom.com.
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Certicom, MobileTrust and Security Builder are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Certicom Corp. Openwave, UP.Link, UP.Browser and Services OS are trademarks of Openwave Systems Inc. All other brands, products and company names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective holders. All other companies and products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Except for historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, those relating to the acceptance of mobile and wireless devices and the continued growth of e-commerce and m-commerce (mobile e-commerce), the increase of the demand for mutual authentication in m-commerce transactions, the acceptance of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology as an industry standard, the market acceptance of our principle products and sales of our customers products, the impact of competitive products and technologies, the possibility of our products infringing patents and other intellectual property of third parties, and costs of product development. Certicom will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect Certicoms financial results is included in the documents Certicom files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities including Certicoms current Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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