Forum Systems and F5 Form Technology Alliance Offering Interoperable Web Ervices And Traffic Management

Salt Lake City, UT – October 12, 2004 – Forum Systems, Inc., leading provider of trust management and threat protection Web services security solutions, today announced it has joined F5 Networks’ Technology Alliance Program. The partnership with F5, the leading provider of Application Traffic Management solutions, brings IP-based networking infrastructures and XML Web services security together. The technology alliance is centered on product interoperability with F5’s application traffic management product, BIG-IP and Forum’s S3A Web services security product family.

“For years, F5 Networks’ Application Traffic Management solutions have helped leading enterprises to effectively build Web service architectures that have delivered tremendous value to their users. Via our Universal Inspection Engine, we have the ability to make precise traffic management decisions based on XML traffic, thus enabling our customers to fully realize the benefits of Web Services,” said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5. “Our technology alliance with Forum Systems is yet another step in delivering on our promise of providing comprehensive and market-leading Web services security solutions, without requiring customers to rework their existing infrastructure.”

According to leading industry analyst firms, companies of all sizes continue to attest that XML and Web services are becoming the dominant model for exchanging information and conducting electronic business transactions. ZapThink, LLC predicts that the Web services security market will be a $4.4 billion industry by 2006. According to market research firm IDC, XML will represent 65% of the total IT security market by 2006. Business and IT managers are now looking at data-level networking to get fine-grained control and visibility of the structured XML data that is moving across their networks and between internal and external applications.

“We’re pleased to announce this technology alliance with F5 Networks,” said Wes Swenson, president and CEO of Forum Systems. “The degree of information exposure posed by Web services is unprecedented as they cause a “de-perimeterization” of the enterprise and raise the specter of unauthorized information access and new forms of attacks against business processes. A combined F5 and Forum solution will bring immediate benefits across enterprises who share information because the value is in the XML data exchanged, not in the packets.”

Trustworthy, ubiquitous and robust Web services can only be achieved by combining security controls that are proactive, continuous and systematic throughout the life cycle of Web services. Forum Seamless Security Solutions Architecture (Forum S3AT) for Web services are products and technology that extends and enhances existing applications and networking infrastructures with flexible data-level capabilities specifically designed for structured XML data sharing and Web services transactions.

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 network edge to the application server. Forum Systems products are winners of Network Computing Magazine’s Well-Connected 2004 Award and Product of the Year 2004 Award, Network Computing Magazine’s Editor’s Choice 2003 Award, Network Magazine’s Product of the Year 2003 Award and DEMO 2004 Invitation. Forum Systems, founded in 2001, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information contact 801-313-4400 or

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