.Net, WebSphere security tested

Monday, 2 June 2003, 12:39 PM EST

In the latest salvo in the Web services platform wars, Microsoft Corp. this week will announce that a major security company has found its .Net Framework better than IBM's WebSphere for building and deploying secure Web applications and services.

The report, prepared by @Stake Inc.—and commissioned by Microsoft—said both platforms provide the necessary tools and infrastructure to build secure applications but that .Net Framework is superior to WebSphere in the areas of ease of securing applications and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) security.

@Stake, of Cambridge, Mass., is set to release the report at Microsoft's Tech Ed conference in Dallas, sources said. In the report, @Stake said that "Microsoft engaged @Stake" to do the competitive security analysis. The security consulting company said it spent more than 1,500 man-hours on the analysis and applied more than 100 test cases to both technologies.

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