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Forum Systems Achieves Industry-First International Security Certification

-- Setting a New Bar in Cloud Security, Forum Sentry is the Only API Gateway to Attain Network Device Protection Profile Compliance

BOSTON, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Forum Systems Inc. today announced that Forum Sentry is the world's first API Gateway to achieve Network Device Protection Profile (NDPP) compliance.

In order to facilitate NDPP conformance, Forum Systems pursued a rigorous certification program with Corsec Security, Inc., the largest independent validation consultant in the security industry. The NDPP compliant designation builds on Forum Sentry's FIPS 140-2 certification foundation, reaffirming Forum Systems' commitment to delivering industry-leading API and cloud security gateway technology for protecting XML-, JSON-, SOAP- and HTML-traversing cloud, mobile and enterprise infrastructure traffic.

Although Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL 4) has become the de facto standard for evaluation, the generic EAL 4 requirements may not be relevant, achievable and repeatable in all cases. The creation of technology-specific Protection Profiles with their own set of security assurance requirements can offer more targeted assurance with achievable, repeatable and testable requirements. Protection Profile compliance can require assurances and testing more rigorous than standardized EALs. In cooperation with other countries, the United States has initiated an evaluation paradigm where achieving success for certain IT products requires a transition to Protection Profile compliance and a move away from EALs.

Now "PP Compliant," Forum Sentry is the industry's only FIPS 140-2 NDPP-certified API Gateway for enabling secure connectivity between users, applications and the cloud. The first Layer 4-7 device to achieve NDPP security certification, it holds the industry's only patent for cryptographic acceleration of security processing.

"Improving cloud security is a massive challenge – but also represents a multibillion-dollar global opportunity for companies dedicated to delivering new, powerful and innovative solutions. Last summer, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation forecasted that U.S. cloud computing providers could lose up to $35 billion in sales through 2016 based on escalating customer privacy and security concerns," said Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Forum Systems. "Entropy for random number generation is the cornerstone of strong cryptography. And Forum Sentry offers the highest level entropy coupled with hardened key protection to provide security assurance to those enterprise organizations hesitant to migrate to the cloud. We are excited to partner with Corsec to showcase Forum Sentry – the most hardened platform that delivers the industry's strongest cryptography."

"We have worked with Forum Systems for more than 10 years, making the rigorous security validation process easier, faster and more efficient so that Forum could focus on its core business objective – continuing to deliver strategic solutions to its customers," said Matthew Appler, CEO of Corsec. "We are pleased to team with Forum Systems to help this innovative company achieve NDPP certification and validate Forum Sentry's cryptographic capabilities in an evaluation that focused on technology-specific, tailored assurance requirements."

Processing and securing more than 10 billion transactions per day worldwide, Forum Sentry significantly reduces the cost and complexity of centralizing security, identity and governance for hundreds of global organizations, including some of the world's largest federal agencies. With the industry's most comprehensive built-in support for data formats and communication protocols, Forum Sentry enables companies to rapidly integrate internal SOA and external RESTful systems.

Last fall, Forum Systems significantly enhanced Forum Sentry with features including intelligent edge caching for network optimization, Amazon S3 integration for secure enterprise-to-cloud storage and expanded OAuth 2.0 support to simplify mobile SSO. Forum Sentry remains the industry's only FIPS 140-2 secured edge caching solution that provides tight integration with all enterprise-class identity stores to satisfy mobile users' demand for anytime, anywhere access while ensuring the highest levels of network security.

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About Corsec
Corsec is the world's leading certification solution. Corsec's 15-year track record includes more than one million hours of validation services delivered, more than 350 completed certifications, and hundreds of clients on five continents. For more information, visit corsec.com.

About Forum Systems
Forum Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crosscheck Networks, Inc., is the innovation leader in API and cloud 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 NDPP-, FIPS- and DoD-certified Forum Sentry API Security 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.

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