Certicom Unveils API for .NET

Certicom launches security builder API for .NET enabling independent software developers to easily add elliptic curve algorithms

August 2, 2007

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario -- Certicom (TSX: CIC) today launched Security Builder® API for .NET, enabling independent software developers to easily add elliptic curve algorithms, including those in Suite B, to the Microsoft .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework applications. Independent software developers can add elliptic curve and Suite B algorithms to new and legacy applications running on multiple Windows platforms. They can also use the Certicom application to easily integrate a pre-approved FIPS 140-2 cryptographic module.

Suite B is the set of cryptographic algorithms recommended by the National Security Agency (NSA) to secure classified and unclassified communications. The private sector is also beginning to implement Suite B algorithms in products and services as Suite B has redefined what is considered industry best practice for cryptographic implementations.

“For some time, security has been one of the key areas of focus for Microsoft,” said Thom Robbins, Director of .NET Platform Product Management at Microsoft Corp. “With Security Builder API for .NET Framework-based applications, Certicom is providing a valuable tool for developers to add advanced security to applications built on the .NET Framework.”

Security Builder API for .NET:

  • Meet government–level security: Certicom enables legacy .NET Framework applications and newer environments to attain complete Suite B-level security with highly optimized implementations. The .NET API also enables access to the FIPS-Validated algorithms which provide TLS and IPSec support.

  • Increase ROI: The .NET API is interoperable with Microsoft CAPI and supports all .NET platforms and the new Microsoft CNG architecture. Components built for the .NET Framework can be used easily by any of the more than 20 approved .NET languages, including Visual C# and Visual Basic .NET. This allows software vendors to leverage their investment and reuse existing code.

  • Reduces time to market: Security Builder API for .NET crypto classes integrate into the .NET Framework architecture with ease, cutting development time by 50 per cent or more.

  • Provides comprehensive security solution: The Certicom solution acts as an abstraction layer to the cryptographic providers within the Certicom® Security Architecture™ – a comprehensive, portable and modular solution designed to allow developers to quickly and cost-effectively embed security across multiple families and generations of devices.

“Security Builder API for .NET enables independent software developers to easily integrate strong, efficient security into their .NET Framework-based applications whether on a desktop or portable device. Without it developers must either abandon security functions based on existing code or create new .NET crypto classes and wrappers,” said Jim Alfred, director of Product Management for Certicom. “Suite B has redefined what is considered industry best practice in cryptography algorithms, providing the public and private sector a durable standard for future proofing their applications with strong, efficient cryptography."

Certicom Corp. (Toronto: CIC)

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