Forum Systems Teams With F5 Networks To Provide Integrated Solution For Application Traffic Management and Web Services Security

Salt Lake City, UT- March 23, 2005 – Forum Systems, Inc., a leading provider of trust management and threat protection Web services security solutions, today announced it has completed successful interoperability testing with the groundbreaking Forum XWall and F5 BIG-IP® Application Traffic Management product. Forum has also joined F5’s Technology Alliance Program. The partnership brings IP-based networking infrastructures and XML Web services security together, extending the benefits of F5’s intelligent traffic management products to service-oriented applications. Available immediately, this solution offers intelligent and secure traffic management for enterprise Web applications and Web services in one centrally managed package.

The consolidation of SSL acceleration, Web services security and traffic management is a trend that forward looking enterprises are taking advantage of to increase their return on investment, lower the cost of ownership and reduce management complexity.

“Our partnership with Forum Systems compliments our strategy of providing the industry’s most advanced Web application delivery and security for Web-enabled applications and Web services. This solution enables our customers to extend the optimization and security capabilities of our solutions to fully realize the benefits of Web services without reworking their existing infrastructure,” said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5.

Inefficiencies, delays, and failures in application delivery can cost millions of dollars in terms of wasted budgets, damage to company reputation, system and application downtime, legal liability and lost opportunities. This problem is exacerbated in service-oriented environments that introduce new security risks as well as interoperability and performance problems. Enterprises relying on Web services to share information and conduct mission critical transactions are looking to optimize the delivery and performance of these applications. F5’s and Forum Systems’ product interoperability allows clients to make an infrastructure investment that ensures Web services security and scalability without compromising traditional Web application delivery requirements.

“This partnership is a significant step toward our vision of data-level networking. With the emergence of the XML Internet, the business value of network traffic is in the data – enabling efficient control, switching, routing and exchanging of structured XML data elements. By teaming with F5, Forum enables enterprises to add data-level security and communications to the network layer while leveraging their existing IP-based infrastructure,” said Wes Swenson, president and CEO of Forum Systems.

Forum XWall F5 Certification
F5’s BIG-IP Application Traffic Management product combined with the Forum Systems XWall Web services firewall provides an intelligent and adaptable solution to secure, optimize and deliver applications, enabling organizations to effectively and competitively run their business. With the Forum Fortified certification, F5’s BIG-IP products are able to pass relevant traffic streams to Forum XWall for detailed parsing, inspection and enforcement of Web services security polices. This integrated F5 and Forum Systems traffic management solution is able to make fine-grained information routing, filtering and intrusion prevention decisions.

About Forum Systems
Trustworthy, ubiquitous and robust Web services can only be achieved by combining security controls that are proactive, always on and systematic. Forum Seamless Security Solutions Architecture (Forum S3Aâ„?) is an adaptive approach to building security minded service-oriented applications and data-level networks using life-cycle solutions including vulnerability management, testing systems, firewalls and gateways. Forum products are available as software, PCI-card and appliance options and comply with government requirements including FIPS Certification, Common Criteria EAL 4+ and JITC DoD PKI Certification. Forum Systems is an active a member of OASIS and WS-I helping mature standards such as WS-I Basic Profiles, SAML and WS-Security. Customers can immediately benefit from Forum technology that is bundled with market leading products including Microsoft ISA Server 2004, NetContinuum NC-1000 WSE, Network Engines NS6300X, and Oblix COREid and COREsv. For more information on adaptive solutions for Web services security visit http://vulcon.forumsys.com.

Forum Systems, Inc. is the Leader in Web Services Securityâ„? with a comprehensive suite of trust management, threat protection and information assurance solutions for the automated Web. Forum Systems flexible hardware, software and embedded products make vibrant business communications possible by actively protecting XML data and Web services across networks and business boundaries. Forum’s products have been chosen by over 80 Fortune 1000 industry leaders and 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 XWall Web Services Firewall is the industry’s only XML Firewall selected by InfoWorld LEADERBOARD 2004. Visit Forum at http://www.forumsys.com/.

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