Certicom Corp. announced a new managed service offering Tuesday that issues digital certificates to device manufacturers – including HDTVs, cable set-top boxes and mobile handsets makers.

The Mississauga, Ont.-based company said that as new devices communicate more sensitive data and process critical transactions, the need to authenticate device identities has become increasingly important. The service, which it calls the Certicom Device Certificate Authority, is capable of issuing digital certificates based on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) – which Certicom said is being adopted in a growing number of security standards for content protection, wireless networking, and resource constrained applications.

Jim Alfred, director of product management for Certicom, said the service will help device manufacturers leverage the performance of ECC-based certificates to secure data and communications without the cost of developing and maintaining their own certificate authority.

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