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Forum Systems, the pioneer in XML Gateways became the first network appliance to be issued a Patent for XML security functionality. This issued patent 7,515,333 has a significant impact on the XML Gateway market landscape and locks Forum Systems position as the pioneer in the XML Security appliance marketplace with defensible protection for XML Security hardware related Intellectual Property. Vendors in this space include: Forum Systems, IBM Datapower, Cisco, Intel, Vordel, Layer7 Technologies Forum Systems IBM Datapower Cisco Intel Vordel Layer7 For more details on this news click here. ... (more)

Frequent XML Gateway Uses

XML Gateways are becoming standard in enterprise SOA deployments with the following common themes: Identity mediation is the first step for the majority of SOA Deployments. Identities come in may shapes and sizes represented at both the protocol level (e.g., HTTP Basic Auth, SSL Mutual Auth) and message level (WS-Security tokens X.509, SAML, etc.). Even if an enterprise successfully standardizes on a single identity representation, it cannot dictate how it's trading partners should represent its identities. Thus, inditites need to be accepted in many forms and changed to a singl... (more)

Reducing the Complexity of Application Security

Integration is the Enemy of Security and so is Flexibility - an attribute that is essential for organizations to survive.  A corporation that cannot service its customers and suppliers, establish long sticky relationships with them and build an infrastruture that enables rapid addition of both suppliers, buyers and partners for information exchange will perish and get demolished by a nimble and flexible competitor whose infrastructure has integration capabilities for rapid information exchange. Mike Vizard from CTOEdge talks about the business drivers that compel companies to inte... (more)

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability

Here we go again, another huge vulnerability exploit detected in open source security software: Massive Security Bug In OpenSSL Could Affect A Huge Chunk Of The Internet The latest heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) is again a re-affirmation that using non-certified security modules for enterprise security is a really bad idea.  You can be certain that every IT security guy out there felt that they were doing all the right things to secure the enterprise.  The problem isn't the intent or implementation, the problem is the premise. You can't rely on integration platfor... (more)

Tale of Two XML Gateways

XML Magazine on Ulitzer These days,  XML Gateways are a core infrastructure component of any enterprise SOA deployment.  XML Gateways provide the ability to integrate services securely with granular access control, data-level encryption, integrity through signatures and XML threat mitigation.  XML Gateways can be deployed as a hardware appliance or as a software gateway ( also as cloud based instances).  Both of these form factors have their advantages and disadvantages.  This article provides readers with a quick synopsis of the pros and cons of each form factor. XML Gateway Ha... (more)