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Forum Systems Inc. today announced that HAMBS, a provider of software development and hosting services to Australia's private health insurance industry, has selected the company's industry-leading API security gateway, Forum Sentry, to ensure agile, secure access to its application and services, and better serve its customers and partners.
Similar to many enterprise organisations, HAMBS has seen a rapid growth in the number of apps and services that customers and partners need to access. Many of these applications utilise different authentication and authorisation methods, making access even more complex. With Forum Sentry, HAMBS was able to achieve API access that is both agile and secure.
As part of an infrastructure modernisation initiative, HAMBS sought to securely expose its APIs to private health insurance funds, third parties and internal clients. Given the sensitive nature of the information being accessed, data security was of paramount importance. HAMBS not only required a secure solution, but also one that could easily integrate with new and legacy apps.
After evaluating several industry offerings, HAMBS initiated a proof of concept with the Forum Sentry API Gateway and one other gateway provider. With its robust security architecture and support of multiple authentication and authorisation methods, including Basic Auth and OAuth 2.0, Forum Sentry quickly separated itself from the competition.
"Forum Systems' security-first approach was a huge factor in our decision to go with Forum Sentry. It truly outperformed all of our evaluation criteria," said Derek Grocke, Service Delivery Manager at HAMBS. "Additionally, Forum Sentry provided the SOAP-to-REST conversion we needed to enable RESTful apps to communicate with our existing SOAP infrastructure. Needless to say, it didn't take long for us to conclude that Forum Systems was the best solution for our API security needs."
Architected for deployment at the network edge, Forum Sentry is the only API gateway to achieve FIPS 140-2 and Network Device Protection Profile (NDPP) compliance. Performing complex access control decisions and enforcement, Forum Sentry acts as both an authorisation server and a resource server authenticating inbound credentials with a custom internal database schema; federating these credentials via OAuth tokens for SSO; and delegating authentication to other services and APIs. Delivering secure, seamless integration across channels, applications and infrastructure, Forum Sentry is backed by world-class customer service and support.
"Forum Systems' support is second to none," noted John Ginn, System Architect at HAMBS. "They quickly had us up and running and promptly handled all of our requests."
Another hallmark of Forum Systems is its no-code approach to provisioning and deploying policies. With a simple point-and-click interface, Forum Sentry enabled HAMBS to quickly expose new APIs and build a policy platform that is easy to maintain and extend.
"Serving as the cornerstone of HAMBS' security architecture modernisation efforts, Forum Sentry helps the organisation preserve precious time and resources, providing it with the agile, secure infrastructure required to create more applications and better serve their customers and partners," said Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Forum Systems. "We're excited to be chosen by the de facto healthcare IT innovator in Australia and look forward to collaborating on their next deployment milestones."