NSA licenses cryptography tech

    Date04 Nov 2003
    CategoryCryptography
    3994
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The National Security Agency has licensed cryptography technology from Certicom Corp., based in Ontario, Canada. The $25 million contract gives NSA the nonexclusive right to use elements of Certicom's elliptic curve cryptography technology, which is covered by 26 patents. Certicom retains . . . The National Security Agency has licensed cryptography technology from Certicom Corp., based in Ontario, Canada. The $25 million contract gives NSA the nonexclusive right to use elements of Certicom's elliptic curve cryptography technology, which is covered by 26 patents. Certicom retains ownership of the technology, said Ian McKinnon, president and chief executive officer at Certicom.

    Elliptic curve technology uses a mathematical method of creating cryptographic keys that are often smaller in bit size than those derived through other methods.

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