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Introduction

The Internet is a worldwide collection of loosely connected networks that are accessible by individual computer hosts in a variety of ways, including gateways, routers, dial-up connections, and Internet service providers. It is a self-regulated network connecting millions of computer networks around the world (Turban, 2002). It is ubiquitous, enabling individuals and organizations worldwide to access the network without regard to national or geographic boundaries or time of day. Therefore, as suggested by Napier et al. (2001), a private computer network system is exposed to potential threats from anywhere on the public network. E-business operates in a networked environment supported by the Internet and other network technologies. Hence e-businesses are in need of stringent security measures for protection of data transmitted, databases, all electronic exchanges of information and other types of cybercrime. A lack of privacy, integrity and confidentiality can cause tremendous damage to an organization and its business, along with its system slowdowns and downtime. It is imperative that e-businesses put in place organizational, architectural and procedural approaches to ensure that the business operates in a secure and reliable environment. E-business security embraces the complete business transaction not only from the IT infrastructure inside an organization’s network, but also outside, connecting all consumers and suppliers. However, “growth of e-commerce has made the Internet an enticing playground for hackers and crackers” (Turban, 2002, p. 544).

Ensuring security for e-business information exchange is essential, as it entails exchange of sensitive information. Technological developments over the past few years have made significant contributions to securing the Internet for e-business. However, challenges remain in this area, and combined with the business and legal requirements security remains a substantial barrier to e-business development.


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