Layer 7 Technologies Demonstrates Federated Web Services Security At Annual RSA Show

Standards-based integration between IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager and Layer 7 SecureSpan Products enables distributed Web services security.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2005 -- Layer 7 Technologies announced today that it is demonstrating a WS-Trust based integration between the SecureSpan suite of Web services security products and IBM Tivoli’s Federated Identity Manager. The result is a practical showcase for inter-department and inter-company federated Web services security. The demonstration will take place at the RSA Conference 2005 in the IBM booth #742.

Integrating Web services across identity boundaries requires an ability to generate, exchange and enforce security tokens providing evidence of authentication, across departments and platforms. IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager enables organizations to transparently generate standards based security tokens in one identity domain for use in another domain. The SecureSpan Bridge automatically embeds these security tokens into Web services messages without additional programming. The SecureSpan Gateway then validates these tokens and ensures messages are conformant before forwarding to back-end services. The combination of IBM Tivoli's Federated Identity Management, SecureSpan Bridge and SecureSpan Gateway give organizations an easy to deploy solution for generating, exchanging and enforcing Web services security across identity boundaries.

“Layer 7 is committed to providing Web services security products for our customers while ensuring interoperability with critical infrastructure and standards,” said Toufic Boubez, CTO of Layer 7 Technologies. “IBM Tivoli is a both a leader in contributing to key Web services standards and is leader in implementing solid identity and management products based on these standards.”

“The security enforcement and coordination provided by SecureSpan solves a real need in Web services.” said Anthony Nadalin, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Security Architect, Tivoli Software, IBM. “Combined with the federation and policy management capabilities of Federated Identity Manager, the result is the type of integrated security and policy management required for Service Oriented Architectures.”

About SecureSpan™ Solution
Layer 7 Technologies' SecureSpan™ product suite is a standards-based product line designed to secure and govern XML and Web services interactions spanning departments, business units, and partners. The SecureSpan™ Gateway is a scalable and accelerated XML firewall appliance that defends applications and enforces diverse security policies. Providing best-in-breed XML firewalling, adaptive security enforcement, and optional client-side security coordination, SecureSpan™ ensures secure and flexible Web services deployments across security and identity domains.

IBM is a market leader in integrated identity management solutions. IBM's identity management portfolio has been enhanced with Federated Identity and security management capabilities. By using secure, standards-based Web-services protocols, Tivoli Federated Identity Manager allows organizations to collaborate on identity and credential transformation between organizations and on aspects of identity provisioning across enterprises.

About IBM
IBM is the world’s largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit

About Layer 7 Technologies
Layer 7 Technologies ( helps enterprises realize secure, cost-effective business integration using XML and Web services. The Layer 7 SecureSpan set of products are designed to govern Web services integrations across security and identity boundaries without expensive and inflexible programming. The benefit to business includes faster time-to-market, lowered integration costs and security consistency across federated departments and partners.

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