How B2B Gateways Affect Corporate Information Security
by David Walling - CTO of nuBridges - Wednesday, 13 August 2008.
B2B gateways that understand multiple application-layer transfer protocols—HTTPS, S/FTP, and so forth—can be configured to adapt to changes in the way the enterprise arranges its communications with others. By disengaging the secure communications aspect from the business process infrastructure, the company can tune components without tearing down and starting over.

A B2B gateway evaluation matrix

In summary, B2B gateways represent the consolidation of secure communication services accessible to various internal systems through adaptive interfaces. Endpoint configuration is relationship (trading partner) oriented, given the underlying assumption that endpoint management requires handling protocols or connections that vary by endpoint. Gateway activity is driven through interfaces to a business process management (BPM) system and integrated with information gathered throughout the enterprise.

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