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@stake Announces Results of Security Analysis of .NET and WebSphere

@stake Announces Results of Security Analysis of .NET and WebSphere

(June 3, 2003) - Digital security consulting firm @stake, Inc., has announced the results of its independent security analysis of two environments for building and deploying Web-based applications and XML services - Microsoft's .NET Framework Version 1.1, running in Windows Server 2003, and IBM's WebSphere J2EE framework, running in both Unix and Linux environments. The analysis, funded by Microsoft, was performed with no assistance from any of the vendors involved.

Overall, @stake found that:

  • Both platforms provide infrastructure and effective tools for creating and deploying secure applications
  • The .NET Framework 1.1 running on Windows Server 2003 scored slightly better with respect to conformance to security best practices
  • The Microsoft solution scored even higher with respect to the ease with which developers and administrators can implement secure solutions

    "The overall differences between the platforms were not large," said the @stake summary. It continued, "Based on the results of this study, companies should feel comfortable deploying web and web service applications on WebSphere and on Windows Server 2003 with .NET Framework. In addition, our analysis shows that with appropriate processes and training, applications created for the Microsoft solution can be made as secure as those created for IBM WebSphere."

    To evaluate the platforms, @stake developed a scoring system for calculating "security best practice compliance" and "ease of securing" metrics. When the scores for three scenarios - Web application, Web service, and Intranet application - were calculated, the .NET Framework scored higher than WebSphere in both areas by a narrow margin. @stake's findings define the strengths and weaknesses of each framework in relation to feature completeness, level of security provided by default, and the overall level of effort required to bring solutions built on the platforms to a level compliant with security best practices. To ensure objectivity, security analysts at three industry research firms validated the methodology and reviewed the comparative strategy

    "The study is a great resource for software developers who are designing, developing, testing and maintaining the security of their Web applications," said James Mobley, president and CEO, @stake, Inc. "Microsoft has made significant progress on application platform security. Windows Server 2003 and the .NET Framework 1.1 were clearly built with security in mind and received strong ratings from our research team."

    For more information, download the executive summary at www.atstake.com.

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