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Reactivity Joins WS-I and OASIS

Reactivity Joins WS-I and OASIS to Help Define Security Standards

Thought Leader in Application Security Contributes to Standards Bodies

Belmont, California, USA. September 03, 2001.

Reactivity, Inc., a provider of software products that secure XML-based integration, today announced it has joined the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). As a member of these international standards-setting organizations, Reactivity will help define XML-based security standards and develop tools to ensure standards compliance and interoperability among Web services and other applications.

Reactivity is participating in the WS-I special interest working group on application security, developing testing tools to assess the interoperability and assist in the implementation of products based on WS-I recommendations. Reactivity is contributing its security expertise to the development of the WS-I's Basic Profile and its security recommendations and interoperability roadmap. Reactivity executives are also active participants in OASIS teams chartered to further the development of the WS-Security standard and the specifications for XML-Signature and XML-Encryption.

"We are excited to be working with these groups to accelerate the evaluation and adoption of standards for securing Web services and XML-based application integration," said Michael Hanson, CTO for Reactivity. "This is a critical time to be defining requirements because standards are still evolving and few have been tested in real-world implementations. Reactivity's years of research and domain expertise in network and XML security will contribute to the creation of standards that can solve real problems facing enterprise today."

The WS-I is an open standards body chartered to promote interoperability among Web services based on common, industry-accepted definitions and related XML standards support. It works across the industry and with other standards organizations to respond to customer needs by providing guidance, best practices and resources for developing Web services solutions.

The work of OASIS complements that of the WS-I and other standards bodies with a charter to make standards easy to adopt in open system applications. As an industry consortium, OASIS does not create new standards, but drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business standards including XML, Web services and security.

"I have been very impressed by the commitment of both customer and vendor OASIS members to drive the convergence of interoperability standards," Hanson said. "The Reactivity technical team is well positioned to contribute thought leadership in XML security technologies to help drive the requirements and adoption of a common set of standards."

About Reactivity

Reactivity provides software products that secure XML-based integration. The company's flagship product, the Reactivity Service Firewall, reduces the risks associated with integrating applications by systematically securing and monitoring messages between business partners, internal organizations and customers. By decoupling security from application development, Reactivity eliminates the need for time-consuming, expensive and inflexible custom coding of individual applications. The company is targeting Fortune 2000 enterprise customers in select vertical markets that leverage XML and Web services to integrate applications. Founded in 1998, Reactivity is venture-funded by Accel Partners, Austin Ventures, Maveron and Mitch Kapor. Reactivity is located in Belmont (Silicon Valley), CA. Visit Reactivity's web site at


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