Feeds

VeriSign seeks to become Web services security plumbing

Getting into embed

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

VeriSign Inc yesterday outlined how it hopes its digital security services will become an integral part of internet business's evolution into a web services-based architecture, unveiling a toolkit and framework for helping application developers more easily build security into web services,

Kevin Murphy writes

.

As part of the launch, the company announced partnerships with a multitude of big players in the emerging field: Microsoft, IBM, Sun, Oracle, HP, BEA and webMethods. Many partners will be putting VeriSign-enabled components into their application servers and other web services products.

From a services point of view, there is little new to the announcement. "All the services we're announcing today are things we already do today, " said Anil Pereira, senior VP of VeriSign's enterprise and service provider division. "What we're announcing is their seamless integration into web services applications."

The aim is to take a lot of the complexity out of adding security to web services. Developers will be able to access VeriSign's hosted security services in one of three ways: through VeriSign's own Java-based APIs and software development kit, through components of partner products from the likes of IBM and Microsoft, or simply by writing interfaces in the XML-based specifications VeriSign supports.

For example, a developer writing a web service that needs its data signed using a digital certificate will be able to make function calls, using a Java API, that ask VeriSign's XKMS (XML Key Management Specification) service to validate the certificate before signing.

VeriSign is offering a Trust Services Integration Toolkit for building this type of service into applications. Other VeriSign secure services, such as authentication and payment processing, are also offered via APIs in the TSIK.

The beauty of the framework, Pereira said, is that it is completely standards-compliant (any standard that begins in X, it seems), so developers will have a free rein to integrate other company's products, such as a compliant in-house certificate authority provided by one of VeriSign's competitors, if they so choose.

However, as VeriSign will be "the default provider of these trust services", Pereira said: "We feel confident that we will get the majority of the business." The company realizes revenue from a number of areas - issuing certs and authenticating lookups, for example.

The company is working to the rough four-phase roadmap web services pioneers have collectively identified. Phase one, this year and next, is about enterprises building web services for internal use. Overlapping with that phase, by 2003 companies should have started offering certain services to select partners. From 2004 onwards, VeriSign reckons companies will have started opening their web services less discriminately to second and third tier partners, and then completely.

© .ComputerWire.com. All rights reserved.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.