9/23/2003 - Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the company driving the global core system software standard in hundreds of millions of PC systems and connected digital devices for more than two decades, announced that Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry® wireless platform, has licensed the right to adopt Phoenix Simple Password-authenticated Exponential Key Exchange (SPEKE) for secure wireless authentication and key exchange in their wireless handheld devices worldwide. Phoenix SPEKE will provide RIM, a worldwide mobile communications leader, with a zero-knowledge password authentication system that is both stronger and safer than traditional methods.
"BlackBerry is already well recognized by over 11,000 companies and government organizations as a secure wireless platform that meets strict enterprise requirements through advanced BlackBerry Enterprise Server security features, end-to-end encryption and support for the S/MIME and FIPS standards," said David Yach, Vice President, Software at RIM. "Our choice of Phoenix SPEKE further demonstrates our commitment to delivering secure, wireless solutions and allows us to develop new security features with over-the-air encryption key technology that will enhance the usability of BlackBerry in corporate and government environments."
According to market research firm InStat/MDR, Internet access device shipments will increase from approximately 430 million units in 2002 to approximately 760 million units in 2006, a 15 percent compound annual growth rate. Phoenix SPEKE allows designers and developers in this high-growth market to build products that contain strong authentication and encryption features with no change in how the user works with the device.
"As the experts in core-level technology, our mission is to leverage that knowledge and create significantly more value for the makers of digital devices," said Timothy D. Eades, Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Products Division for Phoenix. "Security is a serious concern in today's market, and Phoenix SPEKE effectively solves a primary problem for manufacturers because it adds wireless key exchange security features to many types of wireless devices. This effectively puts security right at the core, where it belongs."
When a SPEKE enabled device, such as a BlackBerry Wireless HandheldTM, prompts the user to enter a password, SPEKE uses a strong cryptographic method called Zero Knowledge Password Proof (ZKPP) to safely verify the password over any wireless network. This zero-knowledge password protection method uses a cryptographic handshake to perform authentication and key exchange functions wirelessly outside of the corporate firewall without revealing anything about the password, other than whether or not it is the correct password.
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless HandheldTM product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
Founded in 1979, Phoenix Technologies (NASDAQ: PTEC) helped launch the digital revolution when it created the industry's leading machine-independent BIOS software, which ships in more than 100 million new systems each year. Phoenix continues to leverage that core-level experience to develop many other vital solutions at multiple points in the foundation of PCs and other digital devices. Today, Phoenix solutions activate, secure, connect, and recover the world's best-known systems. These solutions operate from a Core Managed Environment (cME), where they're built in and protected from viruses, user errors, hackers, and corruption. Phoenix is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. USA (Silicon Valley), with offices in global business and technology centers. For more information about Phoenix Technologies, visit our website at http://www.phoenix.com
Phoenix and Phoenix Technologies are registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies. The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties of Research In Motion Limited.
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