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If businesses accept the “gospel of web services” and start trading on the Internet, they could be leaving themselves wide open to criminals, according to a senior independent consultant. Tom Welsh, (1) Senior Consultant at Cutter Consortium, will warn delegates at the Softworld Business Integration Expo in September (2) that criminals could make millions by subverting the computers of banks and other large companies.

“Software security in general is chronically neglected” comments Welsh. “For the very good reason that it militates against everything we like to have - low cost, ease of use, fast responses, simplicity. But it often doesn’t matter very much, because attacks are actually quite rare and losses fairly slight. However, when web services allow companies to open up from the inside out, criminals are not going to give warning of their intent, by defacing websites or any of the other silly tricks that amateurs indulge in.”

“It is essential that companies assess the security risks against the anticipated business benefits, and create an appropriate security policy. Software standards are being developed rapidly, but the biggest security holes are usually caused by human behaviour, and that implies the need for security procedures that staff and others must adhere to.”

Recent Softworld research conducted on around 60 organisations supports this, 63% of those questioned perceive security issues as one of the main hurdles affecting the rapid uptake of web services.(3)

Welsh will lead a masterclass session at Softworld entitled: “Integration – Opportunity or threat? A look at the security issues surrounding web services”. During the session Welsh will discuss the following:
• Minimising risk to systems and processes
• The threat from within
• Safeguarding the business through security solutions
• Managing and enforcing security policies

Other topics to be covered on the conference programme at the event include: moving Enterprise Performance Management from concept to implementation, the ROI of standards and selecting & implementing a successful integration solution. The programme also features a case study from BT and a panel debate.

For more information, or to pre-register for Softworld Business Integration Expo, please visit: or Tel: 07000 763 896. For more information on Cutter Consortium, please visit:

Notes to Editor

1. Tom Welsh is an independent software consultant specialising in software engineering, component technology and middleware. A senior analyst with Cutter Consortium, he is the editor of "Web Services Strategies" and author of in-depth reports on CORBA, Model Driven Architecture and Web Services.
Welsh was also a principal analyst at ComputerWire, where he held the posts of chief contributing editor to "Client/Server Tools Bulletin", "Object-Oriented Tools Bulletin" and "Internet Tools Bulletin". His articles often appear in MiddlewareSpectra and other periodicals, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.

2. Softworld Business Integration Expo is now in its second year, and takes place from the 24 – 25 September 2003 at the NEC, Birmingham. The event features an exhibition of around 35 leading vendors. The educational programme comprises vendor seminars, breakfast briefing and masterclass sessions hosted by independent consultants such as AMR Research, BASDA, and OASIS, as well as a case study from BT.

3. The Integration Survey results are based on the responses of 63 companies who responded to an email survey. This was conducted by Circulation Data Services for Imark Communications and BASDA on 02/07/03. The companies either attended the Softworld Business Integration Expo event in October last year, or registered but did not attend.

4. Imark Communications is a B2B media company which specialises in producing highly focused trade exhibitions for the information technology and telecommunications industries.

Imark’s differential is its intellectual approach to interactive marketing. All Imark events serve specific business communities and have a high degree of educational content - developed by Imark's conference producers in consultation with leading industry analysts and consultancy firms, including AMR Research, Atos KPMG Consulting, BASDA, IBM Business Consulting Services and PA Consulting Group. This makes attending an Imark event a highly productive experience for both exhibitors and visitors alike.

Software events for professional business communities.
o Softworld Accounting & Finance (March & September)
o Softworld HR & Payroll (March and September)
o Softworld Supply Chain (March)
o Softworld Data Capture (March)
o Softworld Business Integration Expo (September)

For more information, please contact Emma Harris at Imark Communications on Tel: 01932 730 704 or email:

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