E-Commerce Security and the Law

E-Commerce Security and the Law

Assafa Endeshaw (Nanyang Business School, Singapore)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-241-1.ch007
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Abstract

The nature of the Internet as an open network means that it is devoid of central control and regulation. That in turn has exposed the Internet to the caprices and untoward intentions of some of its participants. Online businesses particularly suffer from an explosion of fraudulent activities and breach of security (destruction or theft of data and identity). The law has attempted to catch up with the problems by providing sanctions against perpetrators. Alternative solutions such as technical means and ethical codes of conduct are also in place. However, the creation of a secure network demands more than law or better technology. There is widespread recognition among lawyers, management and information system specialists that the creation of a secure network is part of the broader task of creating a security culture, starting from top management and sustained by clear and easy-to-implement policies.

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