Cryptography and data security company specializing in cryptographic applications intended for mobile computing. They are the main promotor of elliptic curve cryptography, as ECC seems to be the most efficient method for providing public key cryptography in low-end embedded systems and other constrained environments. They also conduct a contest similar to the RSA Factoring Challenge where they award prizes to people who break specific elliptic curve groups, intended to spur mathematical research into elliptic curve cryptosystems. Founded in 1985 by University of Waterloo Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Scott A. Vanstone, who was one of the inventors of ECC.