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developerWorks: Using Web Services Security in WebSphere Application Server

Apr 19, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Web services are virtual software components that can be accessed and invoked through a variety of protocols and formats. The environment for these components is heterogeneous and distributed. As a result, a secure communication infrastructure is required to ensure the security of the messages (and the content) among these components.

"Web Services Security (WS-Security or WSS) is flexible and designed to be used as the basis for the construction of a wide variety of security models, including public key infrastructure (PKI), Kerberos, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Specifically, WS-Security provides support for multiple security tokens, multiple trust domains, multiple signature formats, and multiple encryption technologies..."

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