Reactivity, a Belmont, Calif.-based XML Web services firm, and Grand Central Communications, a San Francisco-based provider of Integration On Demand, have formed a technology and joint marketing partnership to simplify the deployment of privacy-enhanced enterprise integration. Combining the strengths of Reactivity's XML Firewall and Grand Central's Business Services Network, the two companies will offer a rapid and scalable integration solution with the security enterprises need to ensure they are in compliance with government-regulated privacy and security regulations and their own privacy policies. 

Grand Central's Integration On Demand service enables enterprises to interoperate with their diverse business units, partners, vendors and customers outside the enterprise within days instead of months, and its Business Services Network is accessible via a self-service, Web-based interface.

Reactivity's XML Firewall enables enterprises to rapidly deploy and provision Web services with end-to-end message-level privacy and security. Its Web-based administrative Management Console makes complex security policies simple, rapidly provisions and maintains connections and provides at-a-glance access to information about Web services activity and security.

As financial services and healthcare organizations, as well as government agencies and others make greater use of XML Web services, they must also ensure their software, systems and networks are in compliance with the security and privacy requirements set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in the United States and comparable privacy legislation in the European Union.

The Reactivity XML Firewall integrates with Grand Central's Business Services Directory, enabling WSDL files generated by Grand Central to be pulled into the firewall asynchronously or synchronously for easy provisioning. Together, Reactivity and Grand Central can support translation between internal message protocols like JMS, MQ, and Tibco, Internet protocols like SOAP and HTTP, and legacy data protocols like FTP, SecureFTP, NTFPS, and AS/2, as well as translation between xml, binary, text, and other data formats. 

Reactivity and Grand Central assure enforced authentication and flexible security policies.  Transactions are correctly authenticated on both sides of the connection through traditional HTTP authentication or WS-Security. Reactivity's detailed flexibility at a granular level for SAML, X.509 and username/password authentication compliments Grand Central's ability to mediate between VPN, X.509 and SSL-protected connections, as well as other security approaches.

Source: Grand Central Communications

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