WS-I Publishes Draft Security Profile

May 18, 2004

CIO Update Staff

The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) today announced the availability of the 'WS-I Basic Security Profile Working Group Draft', which, when final, will be a guide for the use of Web services security standards and technologies in the development of interoperable Web services. The WS-I security draft can be reviewed at

"The WS-I Basic Security Profile Working Group has made this working draft public in order to solicit feedback from the Web services community, with the goal of ensuring the high quality and broad applicability of the profile," said Paul Cotton, chair of the security working group. "The process of incorporating public feedback was critical to the success of the WS-I Basic Profile, and we anticipate the same benefits from this process."

The security profile is an interoperability profile that addresses transport security, SOAP messaging security and other security considerations for the Basic Profile 1.0, as well as the Basic Profile 1.1, Simple SOAP Binding Profile 1.0 and Attachments Profile 1.0, currently available for public review as working group drafts.

The Basic Security Profile is intended to compose with other WS-I profiles and will reference existing specifications used to provide security, including the OASIS Web Services Security 1.0 specification, and provide clarifications and guidance designed to promote interoperability of those specifications.

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