Setting the Standards

webMethods increases support for open security standards

Fairfax, VA  March 22, 2001  webMethods Inc. recently announced it has expanded its support for open security standards such as Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), XML Key Management Specification (XKMS) and XML Encryption. Through support of these standards, webMethods plans to enable Global 2000 customers and B2B marketplaces to integrate security services across company boundaries, thereby simplifying and accelerating the deployment of secure B2B transactions.

Traditionally, security has been implemented within a single enterprise. However, companies are increasingly conducting business transactions between different enterprises and across multiple marketplaces that have their own, unique security solutions. By developing and adopting open security standards that can transcend company and application boundaries, companies can securely exchange information with their customers, partners or suppliers regardless of the security systems or applications they have in place.

webMethods' security initiatives are spearheaded by Jeremy Epstein, director of security architecture. Epstein is also the program chair for the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), a leading conference that explores technology applications targeted at improving the computer security field. "Almost all B2B transactions involve multiple business partners at some level, therefore the need to build and offer security standards that reduce complexity and transcend application boundaries continues to grow," said Epstein. "webMethods' comprehensive support of open security standards provides the framework for secure e-business transactions across multiple and diverse business partners to enable faster and more secure B2B transactions."

The webMethods product family was designed to provide support for open standards and protocols, such as XML, RosettaNet, ebXML, FpML, cXML, xCBL, OBI, OAG, ACORD and the BizTalk framework.