The Digital Trust Services framework applies an open standards approach to tackle the problems of automating business processes in a secure way across distributed applications. The framework already has support from BEA Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.
Stratton Sciavos, president and chief executive at Verisign, said, "Embedding interfaces to our Digital Trust Services into major platforms reduces the friction that enterprises typically face in automating internal and external business processes, enabling them to capture significant gains in productivity and efficiency."
The framework includes application programming interfaces and tools and support for developers. Planned future additions include global validation (widescale single sign-on), authenticated payment, and trusted IP telephony services.
Arvind Krishna, vice-president of security products at IBM Tivoli Software, said, "Interoperability and trust are key to speeding the adoption and success of Web services. We have already made good progress on the interoperability front by forming cross-industry initiatives and embracing security standards.
"On the trust front, we are integrating Tivoli secure access management technology into Verisign's Digital Trust Services and working to integrate [them] into open standards-based Web services platforms."
The framework tools are available immediately and can be downloaded from www.xmltrustcenter.org/.