Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Pat Romanski, Karthick Viswanathan, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Mehdi Daoudi

News Feed Item

Forum Systems Drives BYOD for Global Enterprises

New Forum Sentry Security Gateway Capabilities Bolster Robust, Secure Extension of Corporate Network Architectures to Mobile Devices

LAS VEGAS and BOSTON, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GARTNER APPLICATION ARCHITECTURE, DEVELOPMENT & INTEGRATION SUMMIT 2012, BOOTH S23 -- Forum Systems, a Crosscheck Networks, Inc. company, today announced significant enhancements to its Forum Sentry Security Gateway that allow organizations worldwide to more seamlessly, securely extend their enterprise networks to the iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and other leading mobile device platforms.

Delivering on users' demands for the productivity and flexibility afforded by BYOD, while ensuring enterprise-caliber performance, security and privacy, the announcement was made in conjunction with the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2012 taking place this week at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

According to a recent Gartner, Inc. survey, "90 percent of enterprises have already deployed mobile devices, with smartphones being most widely deployed." The survey also revealed that "86 percent of enterprises surveyed said that they plan to deploy media tablets this year." Additionally, as part of its annual forecast of the top 10 strategic technology trends, Gartner recently predicted, "that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide." These dynamics require that organizations capitalize on the benefits of BYOD, while safeguarding against the risks.

Forum Systems has a rich heritage in SOA and services-based architectures. Processing more than 10 billion transactions per day worldwide, Forum Sentry drives secure B2B exchange for hundreds of organizations in market sectors including telecommunications, financial services, federal and state government, and healthcare. Featuring more than 100 industry protocol and messaging standards, Forum Sentry offers out-of-the-box capabilities that dramatically reduce time-to-market, and lessen the cost and complexity of centralizing security, identity and governance.

"While a tremendous boon for users, mobile computing is a vexing proposition for most businesses," said Mamoon Yunus, Founder of Forum Systems and CEO of Crosscheck Networks. "Forward-looking global organizations are laying the groundwork for a successful mobile strategy. Services-based architectures enable these organizations to establish a solid foundation to extend their corporate networks to myriad mobile device platforms. By doing so, they can embrace BYOD most efficiently and effectively – providing the access and flexibility users need, while maintaining the network and data security parameters these businesses demand."

Customers Deploying Forum Sentry Earning Big Wins

For example, a major telecommunications provider in Germany sought to grant its users mobile access to Salesforce.com. The multinational company selected Forum Sentry based on its ability to act as a secure intermediary and provide multiple factors of mobile authentication, ensuring the security and data integrity of those corporate customer accounts. Enabling Single Sign-On (SSO), Forum Sentry seamlessly integrates with both Salesforce.com and a third-party, SIM-based, two-factor authentication solution. Mobile users are now presented with a login prompt followed by a text message with a PIN number. With these two credentials, they can safely access the Salesforce.com portal from their mobile devices.

A financial services company with approximately $26 billion in assets under management, Synovus's use of Forum Sentry represents another example of a business-critical deployment. The firm adopted a SOA strategy to enable legacy and new applications to securely share business rules and data, and help it deliver on its mission of providing best-in-class customer service. A cornerstone of its services-based architecture, Forum Sentry helped Synovus reduce its average online banking sign-in time by 70 percent.

Based on that success, Synovus then looked to extend the online banking experience to mobile users. Since mobile banking relied on the same services-based architecture already in place for online banking, Synovus was able to introduce new mobile banking services within 40 days. With Forum Sentry centralizing access control and identity management, Synovus now supports more than 10,000 customers accessing their accounts through iPhone, Blackberry, Android and WAP clients.

Building on Market-leading Capabilities

Key new features in Forum Sentry that enable rapid, secure mobile to enterprise network integration – eliminating the need to introduce any custom developer code – include:

  • Automated SOAP-to-REST and REST-to-SOAP Conversion ensures accessibility to enterprise-class data for mobile device applications. Forum Sentry now includes extensive mobile message format support for HTML, XHTML, JSON, XML and SOAP.
  • Comprehensive OAUTH 2.0 Support for unifying identity decisions across multiple systems.
  • SAML IdP and SP-Initiated Support for seamless SSO connectivity between application cloud providers including Salesforce.com AppExchange, Google Apps Marketplace and Intuit Marketplace.
  • AMQP, RabbitMQ and ActiveMQ Support augments Forum Sentry's direct integration support for 99 percent of the industry's JMS providers. Combined with Forum Sentry's protocol conversion in-line during transaction flows, this enables simplified exposure of data and services to mobile computing consumers using HTTP or HTTPS protocols.
  • Mobile Device One-factor and Two-factor Authentication with HTTP redirects, token authentication, session management, and user role and properties mappings provides enhanced identity enforcement and management.

About Forum Systems

Forum Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crosscheck Networks, Inc., is the innovation leader in content security gateway technology. The industry's most comprehensive solution for centralized security, identity and governance for SOA, REST and mobile communications, Forum Sentry enables comprehensive threat mitigation and trust enablement, providing enterprises and government organizations worldwide with the foundation for achieving Secure Service Mediation. Processing more than 10 billion transactions per day worldwide, the FIPS- and DoD-certified Forum Sentry XML Gateway delivers unparalleled protection against HTML-, XML-, SOAP- and REST-based vulnerabilities. Notably, Forum Systems products provide simplified integration and task processing with over 100 built-in, standards-based processing tasks. For more information, please visit www.forumsys.com.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Forum Systems

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@MicroservicesExpo Stories
With the rise of DevOps, containers are at the brink of becoming a pervasive technology in Enterprise IT to accelerate application delivery for the business. When it comes to adopting containers in the enterprise, security is the highest adoption barrier. Is your organization ready to address the security risks with containers for your DevOps environment? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist, NA West at Red Hat, will discuss: The top security r...
These days, APIs have become an integral part of the digital transformation journey for all enterprises. Every digital innovation story is connected to APIs . But have you ever pondered over to know what are the source of these APIs? Let me explain - APIs sources can be varied, internal or external, solving different purposes, but mostly categorized into the following two categories. Data lakes is a term used to represent disconnected but relevant data that are used by various business units wit...
Today most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes significant work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reducti...
Most of the time there is a lot of work involved to move to the cloud, and most of that isn't really related to AWS or Azure or Google Cloud. Before we talk about public cloud vendors and DevOps tools, there are usually several technical and non-technical challenges that are connected to it and that every company needs to solve to move to the cloud. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Stefano Bellasio, CEO and founder of Cloud Academy Inc., will discuss what the tools, disciplines, and cultural...
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
"NetApp's vision is how we help organizations manage data - delivering the right data in the right place, in the right time, to the people who need it, and doing it agnostic to what the platform is," explained Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate for NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The “Digital Era” is forcing us to engage with new methods to build, operate and maintain applications. This transformation also implies an evolution to more and more intelligent applications to better engage with the customers, while creating significant market differentiators. In both cases, the cloud has become a key enabler to embrace this digital revolution. So, moving to the cloud is no longer the question; the new questions are HOW and WHEN. To make this equation even more complex, most ...
Many organizations adopt DevOps to reduce cycle times and deliver software faster; some take on DevOps to drive higher quality and better end-user experience; others look to DevOps for a clearer line-of-sight to customers to drive better business impacts. In truth, these three foundations go together. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 21st Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, industry experts will discuss how leading organizations build application success from all...
‘Trend’ is a pretty common business term, but its definition tends to vary by industry. In performance monitoring, trend, or trend shift, is a key metric that is used to indicate change. Change is inevitable. Today’s websites must frequently update and change to keep up with competition and attract new users, but such changes can have a negative impact on the user experience if not managed properly. The dynamic nature of the Internet makes it necessary to constantly monitor different metrics. O...
Many organizations are now looking to DevOps maturity models to gauge their DevOps adoption and compare their maturity to their peers. However, as enterprise organizations rush to adopt DevOps, moving past experimentation to embrace it at scale, they are in danger of falling into the trap that they have fallen into time and time again. Unfortunately, we've seen this movie before, and we know how it ends: badly.
Agile has finally jumped the technology shark, expanding outside the software world. Enterprises are now increasingly adopting Agile practices across their organizations in order to successfully navigate the disruptive waters that threaten to drown them. In our quest for establishing change as a core competency in our organizations, this business-centric notion of Agile is an essential component of Agile Digital Transformation. In the years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, the conn...
The last two years has seen discussions about cloud computing evolve from the public / private / hybrid split to the reality that most enterprises will be creating a complex, multi-cloud strategy. Companies are wary of committing all of their resources to a single cloud, and instead are choosing to spread the risk – and the benefits – of cloud computing across multiple providers and internal infrastructures, as they follow their business needs. Will this approach be successful? How large is the ...
Enterprises are moving to the cloud faster than most of us in security expected. CIOs are going from 0 to 100 in cloud adoption and leaving security teams in the dust. Once cloud is part of an enterprise stack, it’s unclear who has responsibility for the protection of applications, services, and data. When cloud breaches occur, whether active compromise or a publicly accessible database, the blame must fall on both service providers and users. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben Johnson, C...
The nature of the technology business is forward-thinking. It focuses on the future and what’s coming next. Innovations and creativity in our world of software development strive to improve the status quo and increase customer satisfaction through speed and increased connectivity. Yet, while it's exciting to see enterprises embrace new ways of thinking and advance their processes with cutting edge technology, it rarely happens rapidly or even simultaneously across all industries.
One of the biggest challenges with adopting a DevOps mentality is: new applications are easily adapted to cloud-native, microservice-based, or containerized architectures - they can be built for them - but old applications need complex refactoring. On the other hand, these new technologies can require relearning or adapting new, oftentimes more complex, methodologies and tools to be ready for production. In his general session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, Solutions Marketi...
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
Today companies are looking to achieve cloud-first digital agility to reduce time-to-market, optimize utilization of resources, and rapidly deliver disruptive business solutions. However, leveraging the benefits of cloud deployments can be complicated for companies with extensive legacy computing environments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, founder and CEO of Metavine, will outline the challenges enterprises face in migrating legacy solutions to the cloud. He will also prese...
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real r...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
As DevOps methodologies expand their reach across the enterprise, organizations face the daunting challenge of adapting related cloud strategies to ensure optimal alignment, from managing complexity to ensuring proper governance. How can culture, automation, legacy apps and even budget be reexamined to enable this ongoing shift within the modern software factory?