XML Gateway Alchemy

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XML Magazine on Ulitzer These days,  XML Gateways are a core infrastructure component of any enterprise SOA deployment.  XML Gateways provide the ability to integrate services securely with granular access control, data-level encryption, integrity through signatures and XML threat mitigation.  XML Gateways can be deployed as a hardware appliance or as a software gateway ( also as cloud based instances).  Both of these form factors have their advantages and disadvantages.  This article provides readers with a quick synopsis of the pros and cons of each form factor. XML Gateway Hardware Appliance: Advantages: Accelerated SSL and XML Security operations. Tamper proof security of PKI keys via Hardware Security Module (HSM). Ease of installation and manageability. High level of security assurance since a hardware appliance runs dedicated XML Gateway security firmware. Be... (more)

XML Gateway Patent

Forum Systems, the pioneer in XML Gateways became the first network appliance to be issued a Patent for XML security functionality. This issued patent 7,515,333 has a significant impact on the XML Gateway market landscape and locks Forum Systems position as the pioneer in the XML Security appliance marketplace with defensible protection for XML Security hardware related Intellectual Property. Vendors in this space include: Forum Systems, IBM Datapower, Cisco, Intel, Vordel, Layer7 Technologies Forum Systems IBM Datapower Cisco Intel Vordel Layer7 For more details on this news cl... (more)

Reducing the Complexity of Application Security

Integration is the Enemy of Security and so is Flexibility - an attribute that is essential for organizations to survive.  A corporation that cannot service its customers and suppliers, establish long sticky relationships with them and build an infrastruture that enables rapid addition of both suppliers, buyers and partners for information exchange will perish and get demolished by a nimble and flexible competitor whose infrastructure has integration capabilities for rapid information exchange. Mike Vizard from CTOEdge talks about the business drivers that compel companies to inte... (more)

Is REST remaking SOA? Gateways add features

Jack Vaughan interviewed Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Crosscheck Networks, at the Gartner AADI Event regarding prevalent deployment scenarios for SOA/XML Gateways (e.g., Forum Sentry), specifically on how Mobile Computing is being enabled using through gateway technologies. Here is an excerpt from the interview: It was all a bit of a whirl when we caught up with Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Crosscheck Networks, at a Gartner event in December. The topic on the docket then has more momentum today. So we decided to revisit our notes and share this take on strong-walled SOA gateways, lightweight SOA, ... (more)

XML Security Trust and Threat Models for Dummies

It is very rare today to find a business application that has not exposed its interface via SOAP/XML. XML is the building block that enables business or consumer applications to exchange data in a standard structured format.  The exchange of XML data typically takes place through an SOAP/XML interface based on the Web Services standard or through the REST-based standard.  These flexible standards that richly describe interface functions of an application also introduce a host of XML and Web Services security vulnerabilities.  This article is a quick guide to most common XML and W... (more)