Typical enterprises include task-specific security devices in heterogeneous environments that cannot easily communicate or coordinate mitigation strategies. Several proprietary approaches exist to facilitate this communication, but these are usually limited to single-vendor environments.
To address this problem, a growing trend is to use XML to share security data. The strength of XML is that it enables devices to collaborate easily by providing a lingua franca to communicate with each other. Information and services can be encoded with meaningful structure and semantics that intelligent devices can understand.
XML enables rapid information exchange and can easily be extended to include user-specified and industry-specified tags. Languages based on XML are formally and universally defined, enabling programs to modify and validate documents in these languages without prior knowledge of their particular form.Read Full Story