Forum Systems Delivers Industry's First Unified Content Firewall

By Crosscheck Networks Inc., PRNE
Monday, April 18, 2011

Forum Sentry WAF Accommodates PCI Compliance, Combats 'Box Fatigue' While Delivering Unmatched Federated Identity, Security, Scalability and Performance

LONDON and BOSTON, April 19, 2011 - INFOSECURITY EUROPE 2011, BOOTH # F79 — Forum Systems
(, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crosscheck Networks,
Inc. (, today announced the next generation of
its flagship XML Gateway fueling faster, more powerful and seamless Web
experiences for users.

Forum Sentry WAF
unites — natively, for the first time in one appliance — the threat
protection, scalability and Federated Identity capabilities of an XML Gateway
with the security of a Web Application Firewall (WAF). By removing the
identity and security burden from Web sites and composite applications, this
unified Content Firewall securely authenticates and authorizes users invoking
services, regardless of where the services reside. Unlike legacy WAFs, Forum
Sentry WAF enforces decisions across complex identity tokens and repositories
and throughout the entire transaction, rapidly delivering rich online content
to users without requiring multiple sign-ins.

Global enterprises continue to develop intelligent, sophisticated Web
applications in response to end-users' demands for real-time information.
Content-rich, widget-driven portals presenting comprehensive user information
shared between and across multiple business lines has given rise to both HTML
and XML data patterns. This dynamic is causing significant challenges for
organizations as current WAFs are inherently unable to support, secure and
scale this ever-increasing rise in hybrid traffic.

"With the convergence of browser- and application-based technologies
accessing back-end systems that house corporate and user data, the
requirement for protecting that sensitive information across and between
corporate boundaries is paramount," said Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Crosscheck
Networks. "Though current WAF offerings are a core component of IT
infrastructures — as PCI DSS requirements mandate the use of a WAF to
protect cardholder data — they cannot secure and scale both HTML and XML
traffic and meet the deep content inspection demands of today's enterprises."

Yunus continued: "Compounding matters, the 'light' identity management
capabilities available in the existing generation of WAFs make them woefully
ill-equipped to handle Federated Identity decisions. In response to
increasing customer demand fueled by such shortcomings, we are unveiling
Forum Sentry WAF to power more secure, rapid and enhanced user-portal

Forum Systems Fuels Faster Online and Mobile Banking

Based in Columbus, Georgia, Synovus ( is a
financial services company with more than $30 billion in assets under
management. Its multiple divisions provide commercial and retail banking,
investment and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South
, Florida and Tennessee.

Synovus is dedicated to delivering best-in-class service to its online
and mobile banking customers. As part of that commitment, the firm ensures
that when users sign in to access their accounts, network performance never
impacts their ability to conduct transactions — particularly during peak
business hours. To accomplish that mission, Synovus consolidated its entire
banking system on Forum Systems. Now with Forum Sentry WAF centralizing XML
and HTML policies and performing the requisite identity management, Synovus
has reduced sign-in time by more than 20 times what it was previously — to
just over 1 second — significantly enhancing its users' experiences.

Key Forum Sentry WAF Benefits:

    - Seamless, Detailed Authentication and Authorization - Complex
      SAML-based token types can be consumed and produced rapidly and
      securely with leading identity management offerings for enhanced
      Federated Identity decisions.
    - Security, Control and Visibility -
      - RegEx and other common filter policies, like those to protect
        against SQL injections, are authored, shared and maintained across
        the entire infrastructure to close vulnerability gaps and eliminate
        the need for policy duplication across separate products.
      - PKI management, SSL termination and initiation of HTML and
        XML traffic are centrally managed and maintained.
    - Centralized Management and Monitoring - A repository for all
      message types fuels better capacity planning decisions.
    - "Single Pane of Glass" View - Consolidation of logs and traffic
      in one UI serves as the foundation for more efficient and effective
      root-cause analysis, auditing and compliance reporting.
    - Reduction in "Box Fatigue" - IT has less equipment to maintain
      and manage within the infrastructure.

Forum Systems at Infosecurity Europe 2011

Forum Systems will be showcasing Forum Sentry WAF in Booth # F79 in the
U.S. Pavilion at Infosecurity Europe 2011 taking place April 19-21, Earls
Court, London UK. Forum Sentry WAF is available immediately.

About Forum Systems

Forum Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crosscheck Networks, Inc., is
a leader in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and XML security. Through
comprehensive Threat mitigation and Trust enablement, Forum's family of
hardware, software and cloud-based instances provides enterprises and
government organizations with the foundation for achieving secure SOA
federation. Processing more than one billion transactions per day worldwide,
the FIPS- and DoD-certified Forum products offer the industry's most
comprehensive protection against XML- and SOAP-based vulnerabilities. Forum
Sentry has been issued an industry-first patent (7,516,333) for XML security
functions such as XML Encryption, XML Decryption and XML Signatures using a
network appliance. For more information, please visit

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respective owners.

Bryan Grillo, CHEN PR, +1-781-672-3129, bgrillo at

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