Epok Targets Web Services Security

Epok, a security firm at the intersection of identity rights and Web
services will introduce an upgrade to its flagship platform and a new
customer today.

Trusted Data Exchange (TDX) 4.0 is designed to help customers exchange
information with trusted parties using Web Services .

“Our main focus is on the wireless carrier market and the government
sector,” Ayman Hariri, Epok’s president and CEO, told

With TDX, carriers could mediate e-commerce transactions between their
subscribers and other companies, releasing only the appropriate information
to approved partners.

On the government side, Epok sees opportunities for TDX in homeland security
and intelligence, facilitating information-sharing between different

To date, identity management firms have focused on application-level
controls, Epok executives said. This puts the onus of security on the
application developer, which leads to inconsistent policies and risking security
and compliance breaches.

By contrast, TDX 4.0 creates a framework in which identities can be assigned
for any data authority, including people, applications and abstract

The new TDX version also supports the Web Services-Interoperability
Organization’s (WS-I) standards, Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI), SAML
and Oracle’s 10g database. Pricing starts at $75,000 per CPU.

Epok, which is privately held and based in Bethesda, Md., also announced
today that Dubai International Airport has signed on as a customer for TDX.
Financial terms were not disclosed.

In addition to its Maryland headquarters, the privately held company has
offices in Seattle and London.

“I personally stand behind the company,” said Hariri, whose father, Rafiq
Hariri, is a self-made billionaire businessman and prime minister of

“I wanted to show an ability not just to go out and create a portfolio of
companies,” Ayman Hariri said. “I wanted to dedicate myself to

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