Microsoft, IBM Team on Spec

Led by Microsoft Corp. and IBM, a group of companies last week announced a new Web services specification for handling security in Web services environments.

At Burton Group Inc.'s Catalyst conference in San Francisco, IBM, Microsoft, BEA Systems Inc., RSA Security Inc. and VeriSign Inc. announced the publication of the Web Services-Federation specification, another in a series of standards IBM and Microsoft outlined in the Web services security road map they co-authored last year.

Karla Norsworthy, director of e-business technology at IBM, in Armonk, N.Y., said WS-Federation enables developers to manage trust relationships across enterprises that use different types of security solutions. "We're announcing the crown jewel of the Web services security road map, the Web Services-Federation specification," said Norsworthy. "These specifications are solutions that hold together Web services security [WS-Security], Trust [WS-Trust], the security part of Policy [WS-Policy] into allowing this kind of federation so that our clients can do successful business process integration and have the security part come easy."

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