Certicom Corp., which has been trying to win the information security market over to an unconventional form of data encryption, is doing its bit on behalf of another underdog: smart cards.

The Toronto company that champions elliptic curve cryptography - a challenge to the more established commercial methods based on RSA Data Security Inc.'s technology - introduced a Smart Card Evaluation Tool Kit two weeks ago during RSA's annual security industry conference in San Jose, Calif.

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