: Rift Threatens Web Services Security Spec"> As a result of the infighting, enterprises delving into Web services may be forced into a holding pattern on security. Steve Devoti, IT security and directory services manager at CUNA Mutual Group, in Madison, Wis., said that while enough security exists for running Web services over a trusted network, more is needed when theyre extended outside a firewall. "Web services can be made secure," Devoti said. "However, because we still dont have all the industry standards in place, it still requires us to do business in the ways we have in the past, i.e., setting up agreements with our partners in advance ... and [regarding] how we will make identity and authorization assertions."While OASIS didnt establish a timetable for when WS-Security would be released, Microsoft and IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., opted to bring the specification to OASIS because they were "impatient" with the World Wide Web Consortiums efforts to deliver a security standard, said Eric Newcomer, chief technology officer at Iona. The W3C has been working on standards such as XML Signature, XML Encryption and Extensible Key Management Specification. Chris Davis, a senior security consultant with RedSiren Inc., in Pittsburgh, said Microsoft and IBM may have made Web services security more difficult simply by bringing WS-Security to OASIS rather than to the W3C, which already has similar security measures. "What Microsoft and IBM have done is gone off to the side and created their own standard," which could be a problem for end users, Davis said. "In the browser wars, users were impeded by conflicting standards, and the same thing could happen with WS-Security versus the W3C standards," Davis said. "When you have vendors running around [adhering to several differing standards], it is defaulting to a relatively insecure implementation." Related Stories:
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Ed Leveille, vice president and CIO at Providence Washington Insurance Companies Inc., in Providence, R.I., said a cohesive services security standard will be important as Web services proliferate. Leveille is beginning to use Web services and is researching WS-Security to see how it will be applied.