Microsoft hears FTSE group's plan

The group of 10 FTSE 100 companies that joined forces to push for better IT security have begun briefing suppliers on their...

The group of 10 FTSE 100 companies that joined forces to push for better IT security have begun briefing suppliers on their vision of boundaryless security.

David Lacey, director of security and risk management technology at Royal Mail, who pioneered the architecture, has presented his proposals to Microsoft developers responsible for the company's Palladium security strategy.

"When I saw Lacey's presentation, it looked about right. Network perimeter [security] is over," said Stuart Okin, chief security officer at Microsoft.

Okin said the strategy demanded by users would require the industry to work closely on developing standards.

"We are working on version 1 of WS Security, the web services security standard," said Okin, adding that Palladium would support the concept of deperimeterisation, where security would be integrated with data.

John Pescatore vice-president for internet security at analyst firm Gartner believes that the standards issues would eventually be resolved. His biggest concern was the failure of government and the private sector to implement identity management.

"For boundaryless networking to succeed we need a trusted directory to pass security information between organisations," said Pescatore. There is currently was no way to guarantee that someone's e-mail address is genuine, he said.

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