Securing Web services
There is a lot of talk that the benefits of Web services have been hyped a
bit too much. Whatever may be the reality, it is important to be aware of the
issues involved in security of Web services, considering the ever increasing
importance of Web services in an enterprise.
Web Services Security is a good book to get the rudimentary principles of securing
Web services right. Although it is targeted primarily at software developers
and architects, the CIO will also find strategic value. The content provides
a thorough look at the security offerings in various Web services concepts like
XML, SOAP, .NET, UDDI and, ebXML.
The book starts off with primers on Web services, security, new challenges,
and threats. XML security is discussed in detail and comprises XML signatures,
encryption, SAML, XACML, and XKMS. Security in SOAP using WS-Security, and security
Web services frameworks are also discussed.
A section dealing with the legal considerations required has also been included
in the book. This includes topics like digital signatures, SSL, and biometrics.
It is possible today to surf the net from a PDA or a laptop hooked to a cellular
phone. As is very evident, the age of wires is slowly receding to the past.
Mobile computing is on the way to occupy centerstage position without us being
aware of it.
Principles of Mobile Computing is for those who require a basic overall view
of the various mobile computing technologies. This has been done in a comprehensive
manner without getting too technical. So if the expectations are to develop
mobile computing platforms or something on those lines, this is not the book.
But if the purpose is to know more about the technologies, this is a good starting
The book covers the entire spectrum of mobile communication. Topics covered
include mobile computing devices, software, connectivity, back-end server infrastructure,
and new services.
The days when a CTO/CIO was supposed to be just a 'techie' are long past. Today's
organizational needs call for CTO/CIOs to be well-versed with business aspects
like Human Resources (HR) management.
To get the best results, it is necessary to get the right talent. The glitches
usually arise at this stage. A good understanding of HR practices will not only
smoothen the hiring process, but also retain employees more effectively. It
will also help effective management of human and organizational resources. Human
Resource Management is a good book to get a better understanding of this essential
The book starts off with a real-life case section that portrays problems faced
by an organization and a devised solution. HR management issues and practices
are also talked about here. The third section is a manager's guide to illustrate
the role of a manager in the HR process. It also highlights the relationship
that exists between managers and HR professionals.