Certicom Founder Receives Security Award for Mathematics from RSA

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Certicom Corp.

    RSA CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - Certicom
 (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security,
 today announced that its founder and chief cryptographer has won the RSA 2001
 Security Award in Mathematics.
     The award recipient is Dr. Scott Vanstone, founder and chief
 cryptographer at Certicom. Dr. Vanstone is best known for his pioneering work
 in security analysis, efficient implementation of elliptic curve cryptography
 (ECC), and the subsequent standardization and commercialization of the
 technology. In addition to cryptography, he has made significant contributions
 to many areas of mathematics including authoring over 150 books and research
 papers on combinatorial design, finite geometries, finite fields and
 algorithmic number theory. He is the co-author of "Handbook of Applied
 Cryptography", the industry-wide standard reference book on cryptography.
     During his career, Dr. Vanstone has also been a professor of Mathematics
 and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and St. Jerome's
 University. He currently serves as the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering
 Research Council)/Pitney Bowes senior research chair in cryptography at the
 University of Waterloo. In 1998, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal
 Society of Canada, Academy of Sciences.
     Dr. Vanstone serves as chief cryptographer for Certicom, a provider of
 wireless security solutions. From its roots as an ECC technology supplier for
 leading computing and communications companies, Certicom has quickly grown to
 be the industry's leading supplier of end to end security solutions.
     Dr. Vanstone was presented the award by Jim Bidzos, vice chairman of the
 board, RSA Security, Inc., at a ceremony which took place during the RSA 2001
 conference in San Francisco, California. The award recognizes innovation and
 ongoing contributions by pioneers in the field of cryptography.
     "I am very honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award," said
 Dr. Scott Vanstone, founder and chief cryptographer of Certicom. "With
 technology moving at such a rapid pace, each day brings about new
 possibilities and allows mathematics to play an integral part in the emerging
 new world."
 
     About Certicom
     Certicom is a leading provider of information security software and
 services, specializing in solutions for mobile e-business. The company's
 products and services are specifically designed to address the challenges
 imposed by a wireless data environment. Certicom's solutions incorporate its
 efficient encryption technology and are based on industry standards for
 information security that utilize public key cryptography. Certicom's products
 are currently licensed to more than 150 customers including Cisco Systems
 Inc., Handspring, NeoPoint, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Palm,
 Inc., Pixo, Inc., QUALCOMM, Inc., Research In Motion Ltd. and Sony
 International (Europe) GmbH. Certicom's headquarters and worldwide sales and
 marketing operations are based in the Silicon Valley in Hayward. For more
 information, visit Certicom's Web site at http://www.certicom.com.
 
     Certicom is a trademark of Certicom Corp. 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 customer's
     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 Certicom's 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 Certicom's current Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
 
 

SOURCE Certicom Corp.
    RSA CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - Certicom
 (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security,
 today announced that its founder and chief cryptographer has won the RSA 2001
 Security Award in Mathematics.
     The award recipient is Dr. Scott Vanstone, founder and chief
 cryptographer at Certicom. Dr. Vanstone is best known for his pioneering work
 in security analysis, efficient implementation of elliptic curve cryptography
 (ECC), and the subsequent standardization and commercialization of the
 technology. In addition to cryptography, he has made significant contributions
 to many areas of mathematics including authoring over 150 books and research
 papers on combinatorial design, finite geometries, finite fields and
 algorithmic number theory. He is the co-author of "Handbook of Applied
 Cryptography", the industry-wide standard reference book on cryptography.
     During his career, Dr. Vanstone has also been a professor of Mathematics
 and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and St. Jerome's
 University. He currently serves as the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering
 Research Council)/Pitney Bowes senior research chair in cryptography at the
 University of Waterloo. In 1998, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal
 Society of Canada, Academy of Sciences.
     Dr. Vanstone serves as chief cryptographer for Certicom, a provider of
 wireless security solutions. From its roots as an ECC technology supplier for
 leading computing and communications companies, Certicom has quickly grown to
 be the industry's leading supplier of end to end security solutions.
     Dr. Vanstone was presented the award by Jim Bidzos, vice chairman of the
 board, RSA Security, Inc., at a ceremony which took place during the RSA 2001
 conference in San Francisco, California. The award recognizes innovation and
 ongoing contributions by pioneers in the field of cryptography.
     "I am very honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award," said
 Dr. Scott Vanstone, founder and chief cryptographer of Certicom. "With
 technology moving at such a rapid pace, each day brings about new
 possibilities and allows mathematics to play an integral part in the emerging
 new world."
 
     About Certicom
     Certicom is a leading provider of information security software and
 services, specializing in solutions for mobile e-business. The company's
 products and services are specifically designed to address the challenges
 imposed by a wireless data environment. Certicom's solutions incorporate its
 efficient encryption technology and are based on industry standards for
 information security that utilize public key cryptography. Certicom's products
 are currently licensed to more than 150 customers including Cisco Systems
 Inc., Handspring, NeoPoint, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Palm,
 Inc., Pixo, Inc., QUALCOMM, Inc., Research In Motion Ltd. and Sony
 International (Europe) GmbH. Certicom's headquarters and worldwide sales and
 marketing operations are based in the Silicon Valley in Hayward. For more
 information, visit Certicom's Web site at http://www.certicom.com.
 
     Certicom is a trademark of Certicom Corp. 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 customer's
     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 Certicom's 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 Certicom's current Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
 
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