Nortel Selects Certicom’s Security Technology

[Brampton, CANADA] Certicom (NASDAQ: CERT, TSE: CIC) has announced a
multi-level strategic licensing agreement with Nortel Networks (NYSE: NT,
TSE: NT.TO). As part of the agreement with Certicom, Nortel licensed
Certicom’s Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) to provide a virtual
private network (VPN) solution that extends to the growing base of
handheld device users.

By integrating ECC, Nortel will be in a position to enable faster
performance from its VPN platforms to the Certicom handheld VPN

In addition, Nortel will be able to implement Certicom’s SSL Plus in
a broad range of Nortel Networks telecommunications products. The
addition of SSL Plus will provide Nortels customers with a more
secure software infrastructure for conducting safe and reliable
electronic business transactions across the Internet and other global

Nortel is licensing Certicom’s ECC for the Contivity line of VPN
products to enable users of Certicom’s handheld VPN client fast
connections to corporate networks using the Nortels Contivity VPN

The Certicom VPN client has received heavy attention within the
security marketplace because it is expected to be the first solution
to support multiple platforms with preferred VPN industry standards
for the growing number of mobile and wireless devices.

Using an IP-enabled device such as a PDA loaded with the Certicom VPN
client, mobile users will be able to gain more secure access to a
corporate Intranet that uses Nortel VPN products.

ECC is accepted as the standard for mobile communications due to its
ability to minimize power and bandwidth requirements to address the
demand for compact yet full strength security for wireless

Nortel will be using Certicom’s SSL Plus in a broad range of its
telecommunications products. The SSL 3.0 protocol is the industry
standard for securing electronic data, and Certicom’s SSL Plus is the
most widely deployed commercial SSL implementation in the marketplace.

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