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WS-I Basic Security Profile Working Group (BSPWG)

WS-I Charters Basic Security Profile Working Group

Industry Organization Tackles Interoperability Issues with Web Services Security

Palo Alto, California, USA. April 1, 2003.

The Web Services Interoperability Organization ("WS-I") today announced the formation of the Basic Security Profile Working Group (BSPWG). The BSPWG was chartered following the organization's fourth plenary session held recently in Salt Lake City.

The formation of the BSPWG is the result of several months of research and planning conducted by the Basic Security Work Plan Working Group, a security task force chaired by Eve Maler, XML standards architect at Sun Microsystems. The Basic Security Work Plan Working Group, formed in late November 2002, created a work plan prioritizing and scoping key security interoperability issues. The Basic Security Work Plan Working Group presented its recommendations to the membership at the recent plenary session.

"Web services security is a key challenge facing both vendors and consumers of Web services," said Maler. "Our goal is to focus specifically on the interoperability issues involving security technologies and to deliver a profile as a way to encourage secure Web services."

Security: The Work Ahead

The newly chartered BSPWG will develop an interoperability profile involving transport security, SOAP messaging security and other security considerations implicated by the WS-I Basic Profile. The Basic Security Profile is intended to be an extension to the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 and will reference existing specifications used to provide security and provide clarifications and guidance designed to promote interoperability of those specifications. The BSPWG will also develop a set of usage scenarios and their component message exchange patterns (MEPs) to guide their work. A timeline for the deliverables will be determined in the next month.

"Security is a key requirement for the broad adoption and deployment of Web services," said Daniel Sholler, vice president, META Group. "Today's announcement by WS-I represents an important milestone for helping customers build secure, reliable, transacted Web services."

Support for WS-I Continues to Build

Since its formation in February 2002, more than 170 companies have joined WS-I. Companies who have recently joined the organization represent a diverse set of technology vendors, end-users and vertical industry consortia, including Acord, Bell Canada, BMC Software, Defense Information Systems Agency, Honeywell, JP Morgan Chase, NetManage and Siebel Systems.

About WS-I

WS-I is an open industry organization committed to promoting consistent and reliable interoperability among Web services across platforms, applications and programming languages. The organization unites a diverse community of Web services companies by providing guidance, recommended practices and supporting resources for developing interoperable Web services. Since its formation in February 2002, more than 170 companies have joined WS-I. For more information please visit, or e-mail


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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in "WS-I Charters Basic Security Profile Working Group (BSPWG)." General references in "Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)."

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