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Friday, August 20, 2010

New Job

It certainly has been a while since I posted to my blog. For anyone who is curious, I started a job as QA Manager at Certicom Corporation.

Certicom is in the business of cryptography. We create libraries or toolkits for C and Java which are used by customer applications. At the lowest level is Crypto. Crypto is cryptographic routines and algorithms used as part of a security solution. Customers like XM Radio use our Security Builder® Crypto™.

The next level up is PKI or Public Key Infrastructure. Security Builder® PKI™ enables you to add robust, standards-based digital certificates and key management to applications and devices, ensuring trust and non-repudiation. Some customers will develop their own Crypto solution for use with our PKI or they will use our Crypto solution with our PKI.

The security most people in the public know about is SSL or Secure Sockets Layer. Our Security Builder® SSL™ product can be used for people wishing to implement SSL. Either in a client or server. For example, with our product you can develop a mod_ssl for use with Apache Web Server.

Another term you may be familar with is VPN or Virtual Private Network. To create a VPN requires IPSec or Internet Protocol Security. This is acheived using Certicom's Security Builder® IPSec™.

In addition to all the publicly available products we create custom solutions for various industries and companies.

The company was recently acquired by Research In Motion. Most people know this company as BlackBerry, which is just a product the company produces.

As QA Manager I have the challenging task of testing all the different implementations of our products. Some are Windows, AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris or Mac OS based but others are build on embedded devices. Our Asset Management System, used in chip manufacturing plants, utilizes Web Services, AJAX, JavaEE and other web technologies as a front end to a complex cryptography solution.

At this time I am actually looking to hire testers for testing these products. It is quite challenging to find people who can do the work. Ideally, they need to know or be able to learn:
  • C, C++ and Java programming
  • Defect tracking systems
  • Test reporting
  • Knowledge of Windows, Linux or UNIX
  • Experience testing embedded devices or mobile devices, e.g. BlackBerry
  • Ability to create test plans
  • Working knowledge of test automation
  • Unit testing, system testing, integration testing
  • Experience with source control
  • Knowledge of cryptography
  • Development experience or experience testing toolkits and libraries
Basically, someone who is a junior programmer, an intermediate tester and some IT or support knowledge.

If you know anyone who fits this description or you believe you are up for the challenge, you can apply to the position at If this link does not work, try the following:
  1. Go to
  2. Go to the Careers section
  3. Go to Americas, this should bring you to a Job Search page
  4. In the keywords field enter: Certicom
This should give you a list of all the jobs current available. Anything relating to Test would be my department.

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