March 13, 2008 - IBM announced new technology to secure mashups, Web applications that pull information from multiple sources, such as Web sites, enterprise databases or emails to create one view.


IBM's SMash, short for secure mashup, allows information from different sources to talk to each other, but keeps them separate so malicious code cannot creep into enterprise systems.


In order to give consumer and business users the opportunity to take advantage of mashup technology, IBM is contributing the SMash technology to the OpenAjax Alliance. The OpenAjax Alliance is an organization of vendors, open source projects and companies using Ajax that are dedicated to the successful adoption of open and interoperable Ajax-based Web technologies.


"Web 2.0 is fundamentally about empowering people and has created a societal shift in the way we organize, access and use information," said Rod Smith, IBM fellow and vice president. "Security concerns can't be a complete inhibitor or clients lose out on the immense benefit mashups bring."


SMash addresses browser mashup security by keeping code and data from each of the sources separated, while allowing controlled sharing of the data through a secure communication channel. Performance evaluations have shown that SMash can be used in common enterprise mashup applications.


IBM plans to include SMash technology in select WebSphere products as well as its commercial mashup maker, Lotus Mashups. IBM Lotus Mashups is IBM's first commercial mashup maker for business.

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