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Microsoft will stick by the WS-Federation protocol for identity federation. The WS-Federation specification defines mechanisms to allow different security realms to federate by allowing and brokering trust of identities, attributes, authentication between participating Web services- a concept that includes single sign-on (SSO) for several different Web portals and secure transfers of data between partnered businesses. Don Schmidt, senior program manager for Microsoft's Identity and Access group, gave a session on ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services), Microsoft's software for federated identity, at Microsoft's IT Forum 2005 in Barcelona. Microsoft has backed WS-Federation protocols for the next generation of message-based applications because it offers a full suite of security, message, and transaction protocols. The company's stance is not about which protoc... (more)

Market for Web Services-Based Professional Services Heats Up, Says Study

The market for Web services-based professional services is heating up, a new report published by IDC reveals. According to this study, services firms report significant increases in the number of projects, in project complexity, and in the penetration of Web services in their everyday services activities. Clients are taking Web services standards more seriously and are turning experimentation into real implementation. "Services firms' worldwide Web services-related revenue will increase exponentially in 2004 as companies unveil robust pipelines of opportunities," said Sophie Mayo... (more)

BSafe SWS-J, RSA's Security Release for Web Services

RSA has added to its offering of Java security enhancements with the release of BSafe SWS-J. RSA already offers editions with certificate management, cryptographic and SSL editions. BSafe SWS-J is designed to address the security needs particular to Web services. Kathy Kriese, RSA's senior product manager, explained, "As developers focus more on Web services, we saw a need to secure those transactions." Sun's framework and implementations for encryption, Java Cryptography Extensions architecture, was used with BSafe SWS-J. As was Sun's key generation, and Message Authentication C... (more)

Michael Dell Climbs Back in the Saddle

Boomerang CEO Michael Dell's immediate solution to his company's deepening crisis is to scrub all bonuses for 2006, but he promised people above-market raises. For an incentive, he's offering a shortened vesting period of three years for future grants. Michael said in an internal e-mail last Friday that escaped into the wild over the weekend - complements of the Austin American-Statesman - that the company is handicapped by a money-leaching bureaucracy, described as its "new enemy," and that he will reduce the 20-odd CEO reports to 12. There won't be a COO or a new CEO either. Mic... (more)

EMC Helps Customers Improve Governance With Newest E-Mail and File System Archiving Solutions

HOPKINTON, Mass., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation , the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the newest versions of its e-mail and file system archiving software to further simplify management of crucial electronically stored information (ESI) to meet internal and external governance requirements. EMC(R) EmailXtender(R) 4.8 software gives customers a new, flexible approach to e-mail archiving, enabling administrators to easily monitor archive operational efficiency. The new EMC DiskXtender(R) 6.2 for Windows file system archiving software... (more)