Securing Trading Partner Interactions: Two Approaches Supported by New Standards

Considering Federation or Automated Provisioning Standards? You'll Need Both

July 30, 2003

There are two approaches to securing automated interactions between members of a trading circle, both supported by new standards. Provisioning, or user administration, is an approach to access control that is used by virtually every company; SPML is a new specification that simplifies and automates multi-company provisioning. Federation is an approach to orchestrating security, wherein trust is brokered among the participating companies, and each interaction carries security directives; WS-Federation is a new language specification that defines the protocol for brokering trust and works in conjunction with the other specifications in the WS-Security family.


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