Forum Systems and Captus Networks Partner to Provide Web Services Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solution

Salt Lake City, UT and Woodland, Calif. – November 12, 2003 – Forum Systems, Inc., a leading provider of trust management and threat protection Web services security solutions, and Captus Networks Corp., provider of the Captus IPS 4000 series of intrusion prevention network solutions, today announced a joint marketing agreement to offer a best-of-breed Web services Intrusion Detection and Prevention solution. The combined solution offers enterprises a comprehensive layered security approach to mitigate a new breed of information-borne threats delivered via XML-based communications.

Web services are rapidly being adopted by organizations for seamless internal as well as external application communication. This is quickly leading to increased exposure of sensitive and mission critical information not addressed by today’s network firewalls. A new class of XML-related threats, including XML Denial of Service attacks, can readily be launched to consume server CPU cycles and wreak havoc on mission-critical applications and business productivity.

“We anticipate XML-based attacks to become prevalent with the broad adoption of XML across enterprises,” said Wes Swenson, president and CEO of Forum Systems. “Enterprises are particularly exposed to attacks that can come through SOAP messages defined within WSDL documents. What’s needed is an “expert security system” that simultaneously recognizes the unique security risks posed at the network- as well as content-level.”

“Captus and Forum complement each other, providing a comprehensive network integrity solution that integrates network security with content-sensitive Web services filtering. This combined solution ensures network and application availability for valid traffic – with no compromise in network performance,” said Stephen Schramke, president and CEO of Captus Networks.

The Forum Sentry 1500 series provides an enterprise-class Web services security management and acceleration platform that integrates three Web services security solutions including: Data Privacy Server (XML content and document encryption/decryption), Digital Signature Server (XML content and document digital signatures) and XML Intrusion Prevention (XML filtering, authentication, access control and schema validation).

The Captus IPS 4000 series is an inline, policy-based solution for automatically securing and managing mission-critical IP networks. Using Captus Networks patent-pending network management technology, the Captus IPS 4000 series delivers precise continuous control over networks by enforcing highly detailed policies on inbound and outbound traffic. The Captus IPS 4000 series prevents network attacks including Denial of Service attacks, port scans, and exploits from unknown worms as well as unsanctioned traffic, such as bulk mail and file-swapping. At the same time, it optimizes the performance and management of valid traffic, including surges in customer traffic.

About Forum Systems
Forum Systems, Inc. delivers the industry’s first suite of dedicated, layered Web Services security solutions “from the edge to the app” for government agencies, financial institutions, and e-business. Forum products provide trust for confidential information in extended enterprises and protection of business networks against a new breed of blended XML-related threats. Forum Sentry is a winner of Network Computing Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award and Network Magazine’s Product of the Year 2003 Award and a finalist for Network Computing Magazine’s 2003 Well-Connected Award. Forum Systems, founded in 2001, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information contact 801-313-4400 or

About Captus Networks

Captus Networks Corp. provides comprehensive intrusion prevention security solutions for enterprises, ISP’s, government agencies and universities that need to assure network integrity while minimizing operating costs. The company’s unique business-driven, policy-based approach automatically delivers Day Zero threat protection with traffic management capabilities to guarantee predictable network availability. Captus is privately held and headquartered in Woodland, Calif. For more information visit or call (877) 9-CAPTUS.

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