The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) will set up a working group to focus on ways to develop secure web services.
The Basic Security Profile Working Group is chartered with developing guidelines for interoperability between different web services implementations, referred to as the Basic Security Profile. That security profile will be an extension of the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0, according to WS-I.
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The WS-I Basic Profile provides guidelines for how web services specifications such as Soap, XML or UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) should be used together to develop interoperable web services.
In particular, the working group will tackle interoperability issues involving transport security, Soap messaging security as well as other issues raised by the WS-I Basic Profile.
The group will also be responsible for developing usage scenarios and corresponding MEPs (message exchange patterns).
An MEP is a template for passing messages between two parties using web services technologies.
WS-I is one of a number of industry groups that was created to promote open standards for web services interoperability across platforms, applications, and programming languages.
The group has a number of IT heavyweights on its board of directors including BEA Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and, most recently, Sun Microsystems.
Other groups with a hand in developing web services standards include Oasis (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) and Liberty Alliance.