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RECENT NEWS FLASH 2000-14 (May 2000)

(Updated on May 8,  2000)


Motorola Licenses Certicomís Encryption Technology to Enable Secure M-Commerce

Certicom, a leading provider of m-commerce security, and Motorola, Inc. announced an alliance that will enable Motorola to utilize Certicomís Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology throughout its wireless product offerings. This includes all wireless devices - pagers, mobile handsets, WAP-enabled phones - as well as wireless network infrastructure components, such as WAP-based servers and other networking products. The agreement enables Motorola to use Certicomís security products, such as WTLS Plusô for WAP implementations and Security Builderô cryptographic toolkit for a broad range of Motorola product. This will allow Motorola to deploy end-to-end secure wireless transactions over WAP and emerging technologies such as GPRS, as well as 3G wireless networks. Motorolaís recently introduced portfolio of products designed to enable the wireless world includes WAP-enabled phones, two-way pagers, and WAP servers.

About Elliptic Curve Cryptography: Developed for a broad range of computing platforms and maximum interoperability, Certicom's ECC technology enables strong, high performance security for handheld computers, pagers, cell phones and smart cards. Certicom's patented implementation of ECC technology provides an alternative to conventional public key cryptographic algorithms in many mobile and wireless environments, allowing for faster processing speed, reduced bandwidth usage and decreased battery requirements. These advantages make Certicomís ECC-based security technology well suited to handheld computing devices, Internet-enabled phones and two-way pagers.

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Mobileinfo Advisory and Comment:

Security is a major requirement in mobile commerce and wireless networks. It is good to see a major wireless infrastructure vendor like Motorola standardize on Certicom ECC - that requires less public infrastructure requirements than public key technology. However, is it as secure? We think that it is an acceptable alternative so long as there is still another layer of security at the application level for highly secure financial transactions. Remember, most security problems are due to relaxed security policies and adherence - a security alarm at home is good only if you keep the door locked and security system on.  

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.

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