By Ona Blanchette | Date posted: May 28, 2015
KuppingerCole Deems Forum Sentry Worthy of “Evaluation by Any Organization Looking for the Highest Grade of Security and Reliability”
Forum Systems Inc. announced today that leading European analyst firm KuppingerCole has recommended the company’s award-winning Forum Sentry, stating the API gateway should “be among the first choices not just for government or financial organizations, but for any company with a long-term API strategy.”
According to the Executive View titled, “Forum Sentry API Gateway,” KuppingerCole Senior Analyst Alexei Balaganski notes that APIs “are becoming the primary channel for B2B and B2C transactions.” While citing that RESTful APIs are “lightweight and easy to implement,” he is quick to point out that “many companies tend to underestimate the challenges of modernizing their existing enterprise services, as well as the many dangers of exposing them beyond the corporate perimeter.”
Underscoring its importance in today’s high-transaction networks, Balaganski advises that “an API gateway should be treated as the most critical part of corporate infrastructure,” particularly as it allows “companies to publish their APIs faster and in a more secure manner.” Additionally, Balaganski notes that an API gateway can perform multiple security functions enabling it to “replace various specialized security tools like Web and XML firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems or antimalware products.”
In profiling Forum Systems, Balaganski lauds its security heritage, stating “since the very beginning, the company has focused on mission-critical large-scale solutions with a heavy emphasis on ‘security by design.’” He commends Forum Sentry as “the only product on the market where security forms the integral foundation of the architecture and was not added later as an afterthought” and praises its: “protocol-specific ‘deep content’ inspection capability” and “rich threat protection functionality”; immunity to “various known (like Heartbleed or POODLE) or as yet undiscovered vulnerabilities”; and ability to “address nearly any identity-related challenge an organization may face, from integrating social logins to strong multifactor authentication to web and mobile Single Sign-On.”
“‘Security-first’ is not just our founding philosophy, it’s a design approach that defines and informs the architecture of all our products. We built Forum Sentry upon the core tenets of hardened security, scalability and reliability. And we back our products with world-class customer service and support,” said Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Forum Systems. “We are extremely proud that Forum Sentry serves as the security cornerstone at some of the world’s most recognizable brands. And we will continue to collaborate closely with those and other organizations as they navigate the challenges and complexity in integrating – and securing – mobile, cloud, SDN and IoT platforms with their existing enterprise infrastructures in order to better serve partners and customers.”
Forum Systems facilitates secure business integration for global enterprise customers in commercial, government and military sectors. Processing and securing more than 10 billion transactions per day worldwide, the company’s flagship Forum Sentry protects and accelerates data exchange and API service access across networks and business boundaries, significantly reducing the cost and complexity of centralizing security, identity and governance.
Architected for deployment at the network edge, Forum Sentry is the industry’s only FIPS 140-2 NDPP-certified API Gateway for enabling secure connectivity between users, applications and the cloud. In addition, Forum Systems holds the industry’s only patent for cryptographic acceleration of security processing.
Recognizing Forum Sentry’s many strengths, KuppingerCole cited several key benefits of the API gateway, including:
- Unified solution for API and service security, access management and threat protection
- “Security by design” architecture for maximum reliability; FIPS 140-2 and NIAP NDPP-certified
- Supports and converts between multiple API standards and transport protocols
- Supports a broad range of identity and access control standards, tokens, and credentials
- Rich monitoring, auditing and reporting capabilities
- Flexible deployment: from hardened physical appliances to pure software packages
- Dedicated round-the-clock support service
KuppingerCole, founded in 2004, is a leading Europe-based analyst company for identity focused information security, both in classical and in cloud environments. KuppingerCole stands for expertise, thought leadership, and a vendor-neutral view on these information security market segments, covering all relevant aspects like Identity and Access Management (IAM), Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC), IT Risk Management, Authentication and Authorization, Single Sign-On, Federation, User Centric Identity Management, eID cards, Cloud Security and Management, and Virtualization. For further information, please visit www.kuppingercole.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.