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Forum Systems Integrates XWall Web Services Firewall With CA Products

Forum's Web Services Firewall Gets Benefits of CA's Transactional Security and Identity Management

Forum Systems announced that the Forum XWall Web Services Firewall is now integrated with CA’s eTrust TransactionMinder for transactional identity management; CA’s eTrust Antivirus for virus management; and CA’s Web Services Distributed Management (CA WSDM) for service provisioning.

“As organizations of all sizes embrace SOA to achieve the frictionless exchange of information and respond to changes in business requirements with greater agility, the need for security solutions that can effectively protect these dynamic environments is growing,” said Barbara Lanci, vice president, eTrust Business Development for CA. “Forum’s proven integration with CA’s eTrust solutions helps fulfill this market need with a complete SOA security framework that effectively helps to mitigate risk, reduce administrative costs, and speed time-to-market.”

Unlike Web applications, SOAs rely on distributed transactions and composite business processes using Web services communications that increase exposure to information leaks, workflow violations and data theft. According to a Burton Group report titled, “Developing a Web Services Security Strategy,” enterprises must look to implement a security infrastructure that can prove the identity of messages, interpret different forms of credentials (e.g. Kerberos, SAML, X.509 Certificates) as well as defend against XML-related threats.

“Forum Systems clearly sees the need to leverage existing SSO and identity management investments within SOA implementations,” said Walid Negm, Vice President of Marketing for Forum Systems. “CA’s eTrust TransactionMinder integration offers our joint customers mandatory features for enterprise-class Web services.”

IDC expects worldwide spending on Web services software in general to grow from $2.3 billion in 2004 to $14.9 billion by 2009. The portion of this market dedicated to systems infrastructure, which includes Web services security and management, is expected to grow from $580 million in 2003 to $3.9 billion by 2009.

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