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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)

XML Flaws are Pervasive

Finally! What companies such as Forum Systems pioneered a defensive layer for through its XML Gateway product, Forum Sentry, and Crosscheck Networks invented for identifying XML Security vulnerabilities thorough its XML/SOAP pen testing product, SOAPSonar is now becoming mainstream. Washington Post published an interesting article highlighting such XML-based vulnerabilities in a recent article titled XML Flaws are pervasive. This article highlights issues that Forum Systems introduced in early 2004. See white paper titled "Anatomy of a Web Services Attack." This paper cements Foru... (more)

Forum Systems Latest XML Gateway Targets SOA Federation

Looks like Forum Sentry, the pioneer and leader of XML Gateway and XML Firewall technology has announced its latest product that now addresses the growing need for handling not just XML/Web services traffic, but also HTML/Portal traffic. From a technology standpoint, this is not a revolutionary jump, but a gradual evolution of the XML Gateway that now handles HTTP/HTML-header information, which is by far easier than looking deeper into the XML packets. However, the business implication of this is significant since companies can now use a single platform for HTML and XML processi... (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)

Three XML Gateway Myths

There are some common XML Gateway myths that this post would like to dispel. These myths are a manifestation of vendors overwhelming the customers with the latest bells and whistles of their product without explaining to the user fundamental basic capabilities of the product. Myth #1: FTP protocol is only used to transfer unstructured bulk data to our back end systems. FTP (File Transport Protocol) is the workhorse protocol that is still used today for majority bulk file transfers between enterprise corporations. FTP maybe a legacy protocol, but this legacy protocol is one of the ... (more)