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Crosscheck Networks Earns Patent for Using Genetic Evolutionary Concepts to Address Security Vulnerabilities and Compliance

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Boston, MA -- Crosscheck Networks, Inc. today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 7,849,448 validating the company's unique method and technology – embodied in SOAPSonar – to determine services vulnerabilities and compliance by employing evolutionary concepts and techniques inherent to Darwinian Natural Selection. With more than 50,000 deployments in 42 countries, SOAPSonar enables enterprises including Royal Bank of Canada, Premera Blue Cross, British Telecommunications, the Dutch Health Care System and U.S. federal government organizations to test their services in software, VMware and now, the cloud.

Leveraging Genetic Programming principles pioneered by John R. Koza, Crosscheck Networks' patented technique enables the mutation of messages to automatically build attack vectors for SOAP, XML and RESTful services in a SOA deployment. Using "survival of the fittest" techniques, attack vectors are naturally selected over multiple generations to identify vulnerabilities precisely and in more detail. Armed with detailed and intelligent analysis, corporations can efficiently secure and harden their services to produce more robust SOA environments.

"Mutations are efficient mechanisms for nature to break monotony and try new patterns," said Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Crosscheck Networks. "A successful pattern survives over generations, and reproduces with other successful patterns to create an ever-evolving population. Using Natural Selection within SOA enables rapid and efficient identification and subsequent remediation of services vulnerabilities. Complementing our previously earned patent for the Forum Sentry XML Gateway, Crosscheck Networks now offers a holistic view – attack and defense – of securing services from myriad vulnerabilities."

Security is a fundamental component of the SOA life cycle. Offering an unmatched product suite, Crosscheck Networks empowers organizations to automatically simulate, test and secure their services more efficiently and effectively. By removing the time-intensive, manual processes involved with service simulation, testing and security, Crosscheck Networks helps enterprises rapidly scale and extend their SOA deployments in order to drive critical business processes.

The SOAPSonar patent augments Crosscheck Networks' current patent portfolio. In 2009, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent 7,516,333 to Forum Systems, Crosscheck Networks' wholly owned subsidiary. The patent provides broad coverage for XML Security functions such as XML-encryption, XML-decryption and XML-signatures as well as general security policy enforcement using a network appliance.

About Crosscheck Networks

Crosscheck Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary Forum Systems deliver solutions for deploying robust, resilient, secure and reliable Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The company's integrated, holistic product suite streamlines and optimizes resources throughout the SOA life cycle, ensuring reduced time-to-market and more rapid return on investment. Recognized as a technology innovator and security leader, Crosscheck Networks is the only company granted a patent for its Forum Sentry XML Gateway and has been certified by NIST and the U.S. Department of Defense. Crosscheck Networks is also the only company with HP Enterprise Management Alliance Program (EMAP) certification for SOA testing with native HP Quality Center Integration. For more information, please visit

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