Security and Web Services

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What is in essence a framework for designing, developing and building a new generation of applications around web standards and protocols, web services promises to make it far easier to integrate applications across disparate hardware and software platforms - a constant gripe with existing technology. Backed by all of the major IT vendors (Microsoft, IBM, Sun, Oracle, etc.), web services certainly will not suffer from a lack of effort or exposure, but will it take off and what are the issues?

In the wake of the dot-com meltdown, the global economy could be forgiven for slapping a "handle with care" sticker on the latest and greatest thing to emerge from the world of high-tech. The prevailing mood amongst many organizations is one of caution for all things Internet-related and there ...

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