BAT rolls out global SOA security infrastructure


BAT rolls out global SOA security infrastructure

Tash Shifrin

British American Tobacco has deployed Vordel’s service-oriented architecture security and management technology to protect XML communications across its global datacentre network.

The tobacco giant rolled out Vordel’s VS3000 gateways, which incorporate traditional gateway security with web services management.

The devices have been installed to protect corporate information held on BAT’s SAP back-office system, securing XML-based communications when staff input or extract data from the system.

The technology controls staff identity management and ensures that data conforms with XML communication parameters. It has been integrated with BAT’s existing security and ID management systems.

BAT's operations stretch across 180 countries where its products are sold, and the scalable Vordel technology will allow it to manage its SOA remotely on a global level. Another factor in Vordel’s selection was that its technology speeds up the processing and encryption of XML data.

The Vordel products will allow BAT to track and audit who has accessed its data, what has been sent and what received.

Gavin Targonski, the company’s technical architect for application technology strategy, said, “With Vordel, BAT has been able to deploy a global SOA security infrastructure that aligns with both our business and technology strategies. The solution is standards-based and fully conformant to company best practice for SOA security operations.”

He added that the Vordel products would provide a security and management framework that would allow BAT to take advantage of its web services technologies. BAT adopted an SOA based on web services three years ago in an overhaul of its approach to integration and application development.

The Vordel contract follows a three-year £6m applications management contract to improve business processes, signed by BAT and provider Parity in March.


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