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Securing Web Services with WS-Security by David L. Remy, Jothy Rosenberg

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Chapter 1. Basic Concepts of Web Services Security

Web services are a transformational technology for integrating information sources from both inside and outside an enterprise. Web services are the newest incarnation of middleware for distributed computing. Unlike all previous forms of middleware, however, this is a simpler, standards-based, and more loosely coupled technology for connecting data, systems, and organizations. That is good news for architects and developers wanting to quickly become proficient in this technology and deploy real systems. It is also somewhat bad news for architects and developers because all middleware needs strong security practices, and Web services need it more than any middleware of the past. Why more? Because ...

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