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Securing XML Web Services

Adopt a firewall that can regulate at the service level and protect against XML-borne threats

Adopt a firewall that can regulate at the service level and protect against XML-borne threats

 

For many organizations, XML has become the key standard for exchanging information across heterogeneous applications. XML-based Web services have provided the preferred mechanism for communicating between and integrating heterogeneous applications and enabling Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Standardizing on XML and Web services for data exchange and integration provides significant IT benefits around flexibility, interoperability and reach. However, it also introduces new kinds of security challenges. Traditional security measures like network firewalls and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are not sufficient to address these new security challenges.

For large organizations with sophisticated security requirements, XML firewalls and XML VPN clients will prove necessary. In these cases, organizations should look for a vendor that can deliver both an XML firewall for defending access to Web services, as well as a client-side coordination component for enabling security across business boundaries.