Forum Systems The First To Offer XML Web Services Security And Management Solutions On The Crossbeam Platform

Forum Systems, the leader in Web Services Security for trust management and threat protection, and Crossbeam Systems, the leader in protecting the world’s largest networks, have announced that Forum’s solutions will be available as part of Crossbeam’s Unified Threat Management platform. The Crossbeam X-Series security services switches, which provide enterprises and service providers with a high-performance, high-reliability solution for complete network security, will now offer Forum’s award-winning Forum XWall Web Services Firewall and Forum Sentry Web Services Gateway as part of its best of breed solution offering.

According to market research firm IDC, XML will represent 65% of the total IT security market by 2006. ZapThink estimates that eXtensible Markup Language (XML) will represent 25% of all network traffic by 2006. As this trend continues organisations are faced with renewed risk of corrupted workflows, identity theft, unauthorised data disclosure and the loss of productivity from service outages. By fundamentally changing the way enterprises communicate with one another, XML and Web services require enterprises to adjust to a more porous network perimeter by adding deeper content inspection of network traffic.

The Crossbeam and Forum Systems solution is an industry first that offers customers the specialisation of XML Web Services security along with carrier-grade scaleability and performance. This highly integrated and scaleable approach dramatically improves the economics of deploying XML security, letting security administrators fortify their Web Services deployments without having to involve the Web Services administrative team.

The benefits of the combined solution include:
– Integrated XML security solution with XML intrusion prevention, WSDL (Web Services Description Language) admission control and XML and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) filtering
– High performance, highly available and carrier grade Service-Oriented Architecture deployments
– Load-balancing and failover for mission critical fault tolerant applications
– Eliminates the need to acquire and administer multiple, proprietary security appliances

“With more and more market leading organisations and service providers deploying XML and Web services it is clear that the Service-Oriented Enterprise has arrived. By adding Forum Systems security offerings into our portfolio of best of breed security applications, we continue to offer our customers a value proposition of consolidated complexity and unmatched scaleability in a single platform,” said Joel Silberman, vice president of ISV partnerships and business development at Crossbeam Systems. “Forum Systems’ focus on security and management through adaptable hardware and software makes it a natural fit as our XML Web Services security partner.”

“Organisations with mission critical applications such as major Telcos and financial services see the Crossbeam platform as a way to deliver highly scaleable security solutions that drive business value,” said Wes Swenson, CEO of Forum Systems. “By integrating products such as Forum XWall Web Services Firewall with the Crossbeam platform we are able to scale-up to the needs of our enterprise customers using a best of breed approach.”

Forum XML Web Services Security for Crossbeam

The Forum XWall for Crossbeam will be released in Q3, 2005. Pricing is USD 20,000 per Forum XWall on Crossbeam. Subscriptions for antivirus and VulCon updates are available for an additional fee. The product will be available as a pre-installed option on the Crossbeam platform, as an upgrade option for current Crossbeam customers, and from Forum’s Website, direct sales and channel partners. For a product datasheet please visit:

About Crossbeam Systems

Crossbeam Systems is a global growth company that pioneered the integrated security device market and is the leader in protecting the world’s largest networks. The company has tailored security solutions for global corporations, carrier networks and small to medium-sized enterprises. Founded in early 2000 and led by senior executives from Bay Networks, Cisco, Nortel/Wellfleet and Alcatel, Crossbeam is headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, USA, and has offices in Europe and Asia Pacific. The company is backed by top-tier investors including Focus Ventures, Tudor Ventures, Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Commonwealth Capital Venture Partners, Intel Capital and Charles River Ventures. More information is available at

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 S3A) 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 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

Forum Systems, Inc. is the Leader in Web Services Security 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

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