Essay about Systems for Ensuring Secure Electronic Transactions (SET)

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Systems for Ensuring Secure Electronic Transactions (SET)

Attacks earlier in the year on major e-commerce sites, including E*Trade; Amazon.com, the leading e-tailer; eBay, the online auction house; CNN, the news service; Yahoo!; Buy.com; and Zdnet, a technology news and information web site, have heightened the awareness of securing e-commerce sites (“E-Commerce Sites,” 2000, p.106). This is just the first example of a rampant problem that has cost e-tailing companies millions of dollars in losses.
THE PROBLEM
Hackers, using a denial of service (DoS) technique, caused the aforementioned e-tailers to temporarily shut down. By repeatedly loading hundreds of web pages to the companies’ servers from computers on the Internet, the hackers
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•     59% of the companies cited their Internet connection as a frequent point of attack (Courtney, 2000, p.84).
•     The total cost to these companies was $266 million (Blotzer, 2000, p99).
This survey illustrates the seriousness of attacks and the importance of proper security to defend against those attacks.
THE SOLUTION
For every company doing business on the Internet, security should be a top priority. Gibson Research Corporation has a website where computers can be checked for vulnerability against hackers. The site is http://www.grc.com/default.htm (Blotzer, 2000, p99). There are also certain programs designed to safeguard servers from attack or malicious activity. Without these programs, companies become vulnerable to attack and millions of dollars in losses.
Anti-Virus Software
At the bare minimum every company should have anti-virus software. Anti-virus software protects against viruses, worms, and trojan horses. These are “computer programs designed to enter a computer without knowledge or permission of the user” (Blotzer, 2000, p99). They perform “undesired, useless, or malicious functions”, which can take up memory thus slowing down the computer or destroying its files (Blotzer, 2000, p99). Popular anti-virus software include:
•     InoculateIT Personal Edition, which is free for download from www.antivirus.cai.com (Blotzer, 2000, p99).
•     McAfee Virus

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