Confusion over security standards

23 March 2000
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23 March 2000 | Elizabeth Bellamy

Large numbers of Internet security standards are making it hard for companies investing in e-procurement to match software with a security system, writes Elizabeth Bellamy in Orlando.

Tim Fisher, security architect at e-commerce security company Cyclone Commerce, said the number of standards made choosing software more difficult. "There are hundreds of them and a new one seems to arrive every week," he added.

The difficulties faced by firms introducing e-procurement systems were compounded because the business-to-business market was so attractive to hackers, said Fisher, who was speaking at the GE Information Services EC Forum 2000 this month.

While company websites were often targeted by competitors or criminals, others were attacked after automated hacking tools revealed that some systems were vulnerable, he said.

Security breaches could damage brands as well as productivity, warned John Worrall, director of product marketing at RSA Security. The safest systems combined two or more security measures, he said.

Jim Ransome, director of security architecture and operations at Pilot Network Services, said businesses moving from electronic data interchange to web-based systems had to realise the risks. "When you're trading on the net 24 hours, seven days a week, your security needs to work the same hours."


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