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Forum Systems Achieves Application Oriented Networking Milestone with OPSEC Certification from Check Point Software.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Forum Systems' Market-Leading Web Services and SOA Security Solutions Fully Integrates with Industry's Most Recognized Open Security Framework

Forum Systems, the leader in Web Services Security for threat protection and trust management, announced that both the Forum XWall 5.0 Web Services Firewall and Sentry 5.0 Web Services Security Gateway have earned OPSEC(TM) (Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point(R) Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq:CHKP). This certification validates that Forum's products seamlessly interoperate with Check Point's NGX next-generation platform through Check Point's Event Logging Application Programming Interface (ELA). Forum products with OPSEC certification can be monitored using Check Point centralized policy management products for detailed reporting and analysis of XML-related events with incident response mechanisms.

"Web Services Firewalls and Gateways add a layer of protection that boosts perimeter defenses to create a more confident security posture. OPSEC certification for Forum Systems products translates into improved security and lower operational costs. By leveraging Check Point's SmartCenter for enterprise-wide policy management a single administrative interface can be used for both application-oriented as well as network-centric threats," said Paul Weinstein, vice president, business development for Check Point Software.

"The success of SOAs are increasingly dependent on the deployment of application-aware infrastructure. We see Check Point's OPSEC certification as an important step in the maturation of Application Oriented Networking (AON)," said Mamoon Yunus, chief technology officer for Forum Systems. "As the web-centric Extensible Markup Language (XML) specification is adopted for information sharing and e-commerce, Forum Systems looks to support well-established network management standards. Forum AON Security products that are OPSEC certified are able to trigger meaningful alerts to state of the art Check Point VPN 1/FireWall-1 products in the face of novel XML-related threats."

Forum OPSEC certified products leverage the Check Point Management Console as a central repository for network as well as application-oriented traffic events. Forum products use the ELA to ensure that activity is tracked and properly logged by Check Point's SmartCenter(TM) and will interoperate with OPSEC partner security offerings. Through this integration customers can rest assured that their networks will remain protected from today's dynamic Web services attacks.

Check Point Experience (CPX) 2005 is series of annual partner and customer conferences. The events will focus on education and training on the new Check Point NGX platform. Forum will demonstrate the Forum XWall 5.0 Web Services Firewall and Sentry 5.0 Web Services Security Gateway at applicable conferences.

About Check Point's OPSEC

OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry's open, multi-vendor security framework. With over 350 partners, OPSEC guarantees customers the broadest choice of best-of-breed integrated applications and deployment platforms that support Check Point's Perimeter, Internal and Web security solutions. Products that carry the OPSEC Certified seal have been tested to guarantee integration and interoperability, ensuring maximum protection for business communications and resources for corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. For complete OPSEC Alliance program information, including partner and product listings, the freely available OPSEC SDK (software development kit) and evaluation versions of OPSEC Certified products, visit

About Forum Systems

Trustworthy, ubiquitous and robust Web services can only be achieved by combining security controls that are proactive, always on and systematic. Forum Seamless Security Solutions Architecture (Forum S3A(TM)) is an adaptive approach to building security minded service-oriented applications and data-level networks using life-cycle solutions including vulnerability management, testing systems, firewalls and gateways. Forum products are available as software, PCI-card and appliance options and comply with government requirements including FIPS Certification, Common Criteria EAL 4+ and JITC DoD PKI Certification. Forum Systems is an active a member of OASIS and WS-I helping mature standards such as WS-I Basic Profiles, SAML and WS-Security. Customers can immediately benefit from Forum technology that is bundled with market-leading products including Microsoft ISA Server 2004, NetContinuum NC-1000 WSE, Network Engines NS6300X, and Oblix COREid and COREsv. For more information on adaptive solutions for Web services security visit

Forum Systems, Inc. is the Leader in Web Services Security(TM) with a comprehensive suite of trust management, threat protection and information assurance solutions for the automated Web. Forum Systems' flexible hardware, software and embedded products make vibrant business communications possible by actively protecting XML data and Web services across networks and business boundaries. Forum's products have been chosen by over 80 Fortune 1000 industry leaders and are winners of Network Computing Magazine's Well-Connected 2004 Award and Product of the Year 2004 Award, Network Computing Magazine's Editor's Choice 2003 Award, Network Magazine's Product of the Year 2003 Award and DEMO 2004 Invitation. Forum XWall Web Services Firewall is the industry's only XML Firewall selected by InfoWorld LEADERBOARD 2004. Visit Forum at
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