WS-Security: Sun, MS, and IBM join forces.

by Richard Monson-Haefel

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Last week it was announced that WS-Security, the security standard championed by IBM, Microsoft, and Verisign, was submitted to OASIS and that Sun Microsystems will join the effort. Although WS-Security is not complete, this announcement increases confidence that a single Web services security standard is possible. With the proliferation of Web services standards I've become concerned about the future of interoperability in Web services. Right now there are competing standards for Web service transactions, orchestration, directory services, etc. The news about WS-Security gives hope to the idea that market pressures will force vendors to work together to create a single set of standards for Web services.