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Web services security bolstered

OASIS (the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is forming a standards committee for Web...

OASIS (the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is forming a standards committee for Web services security.

The committee called the Security Standards Joint Committee (SSJC), aims to create a common set of terms and components that could help speed the adoption of security standards in Web services.

Darran Rolls, chairman of the Security Standards Joint Committee, said, "The potential of Web services will not be realised without security."

"We are looking to ensure consistency with common understanding and common terms" among the standards. He said such work was needed because "for adoption to happen, there (has) to be a clear, concise view" of the standards.

The SSJC "will try to instil consistency" across the standards bodies that make it up, creating common terms, components and syntax for the standards bodies to use if they so choose, he said. The SSJC will have no control over the individual groups, he added.

The body will be made up of the chairs of OASIS' Access Control Technical Committee, which develops the XACML (Extensible Access Control Markup Language) standard; the Provisioning Services Technical Committee; the Common Biometric Format Technical Committee responsible for XCBF (XML Common Biometric Format); the Rights Language Technical Committee; and the Security Services Technical Committee which handles SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language).

The SSJC's first meeting is 13 June.

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