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For the past several years there has been widespread agreement that the adoption of Web services for production applications will be limited, particularly for B2B transactions, until standardized security mechanisms, designed specifically for Web services, become available. While some applications can be adequately protected using the familiar SSL and TLS security protocols, their limitations make them unsatisfactory for many others. For these reasons work began more than 18 months ago to standardize new security mechanisms specifically designed for the Web services environment. This article summarizes the work so far, describes what user organizations can expect in the near term, and discusses some of the missing pieces that are yet to come. In September of 2002 the Web Services Security Technical Committee (WSS TC) was formed at OASIS to standardize mechanisms f... (more)