Independent Research Firm Yankee Group Names Forum Systems The “Winner” In Web Services Gateways

Salt Lake City, UT – September 22, 2004 – Forum Systems, Inc., leading provider of trust management and threat protection Web services security solutions, today announced that Yankee Group, the global leader in communications and networking research, has named Forum Systems as the “winner” in the Web services security gateway category in an August 2004 report titled “Application Gateways Secure Business Communications” by senior security analyst Eric Ogren.

“Forum Systems has the best Web services security switch on the market today,” stated Ogren. “The Forum products work together to protect Web service applications from content violations, unapproved access and poorly formed protocol messages. The high-speed performance of the Forum Systems solution gives the vendor a sustaining advantage.”

The report is based on a comprehensive set of interviews with product vendors and enterprise security managers. The purpose of the interviews was to identify the characteristics of leading products, with a focus on whether products had the ability to prevent damage from attacks, scalability, manageability, performance, partnerships within the security industry and noteworthy customer successes.

“We applaud Yankee for its integrated analysis on the evolution of a layered application defense. This is one of the first reports to look at the interactions between SSL VPNs, Messaging Application Gateways, Web application gateways, and XML-based Web services gateways,” said Wes Swenson, president and CEO of Forum Systems. “We are honored to be selected as the leader by Yankee and are committed to continuing to add business value to our customers.”

About Forum Systems
Forum Systems, Inc. is the leader in Web services security with a comprehensive suite of trust management and threat protection solutions for the automated web. Forum Systems flexible hardware, software and embedded products actively protect Web services from the networks edge to the application server. Forum Systems products are winners of Network Computing Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, Network Magazine’s Product of the Year 2003 Award, DEMO 2004 Invitation and are finalist for Network Computing Magazine’s 2003 and 2004 Well-Connected Awards. Forum Systems, founded in 2001, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information contact 801-313-4400 or

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