Forum Systems enhances API Security Gateway to offer REST API for autonomous provisioning in virtual, cloud, containerized environments



Forum Systems Inc., vendor of API security technology, announced this week capabilities in its Forum Sentry API Security Gateway that enable enterprises and government organizations to securely leverage the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for key business initiatives. Further advancing API security gateway technology, Forum Sentry now features a REST API for rapid deployment in virtual, cloud and containerized environments.

Addressing these realities, while offering maximum deployment flexibility, Forum Systems is making Forum Sentry available in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) form factor to ensure customers launch security-hardened Amazon EC2 instances. Additionally, the new REST API supports autonomous deployment and fully automated provisioning of Forum Sentry in elastic computing environments.

“Amazon and other major cloud providers require customers to allow root administrator access to their infrastructure. While a boon to the cloud companies – which benefit from a wealth of monitoring and metrics data – these pathways lay bare customers’ operating systems to potential attack and compromise,” said Forum Systems CEO Mamoon Yunus. “By routing their network traffic through Forum Sentry, organizations can securely harness the power of virtualization, cloud computing and containers – and achieve peace of mind.”

To continue to differentiate itself from the competition and deliver customer value, Forum Systems introduced several other key capabilities in this latest version of Forum Sentry. The offering provides more granular visibility into individual transaction latencies (with seven-segment latency breakdown). Additionally, customers can seamlessly integrate with any Big Data analytics engine or monitoring infrastructure for real-time and historical traffic flow profiling, archiving, and heuristics learning of APIs, cloud services and on-premises application performance behavior.

Forum Sentry now complies with the FAA SWIM information sharing platform for secure identity using SAML, Binary Security Tokens and Username token formats. Forum Sentry is now certified to comply with the strict cryptographic requirements of the U.S. Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre.

The only API security gateway to achieve NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Common Criteria NIAP Network Device Protection Profile certification, 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. Serving as an information broker deployed as a logical API protecting applications and services,

Forum Sentry precludes clients from directly accessing application and services tiers. This unmatched level of security prevents identity compromise and enables SSO authentication and session management achievement – without required code changes or manipulation to backend systems.

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