Lakshmi Hanspal

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Web services is a promising technology with the potential to greatly simplify B2B enterprise application integration. This is good news for any organization trying to provide seamless access to their business applications for their customers and partners. Along with these increased integration opportunities, however, arises a new-and daunting-set of security challenges. What is a Web Service? From a business perspective, a Web service is an innovative, new approach to integration. Existing applications can be reused, or new Web service applications can be deployed to promote integration - within an organization's intranet, over extended (partner) virtual private networks, or over the Internet. From a technical perspective, a Web service is a collection of one or more related operations described by service descriptions (XML) and network accessible through standar... (more)

Web Services Security

Web services is a promising technology for achieving B2B enterprise application integration. However, the challenge of ensuring security in a Web services environment stands as a major obstacle to general acceptance of the technology. In the first part of this series (WSJ, Vol. 2, issue 10), I discussed traditional approaches to securing Web services and the shortfalls of these approaches, demonstrating the need for a comprehensive, standards-based security framework with a purpose-built solution, such as SOAP Content Inspection, to completely secure Web services. In this artic... (more)