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The following is an example of the security reports that we will be covering.
by Scott Gordon
NATIONAL COMPUTER SECURITY ASSOCIATION
July, 1997 National Computer Security Association - All Rights Reserved
The World Wide Web provides a feature-rich medium for the inexpensive, convenient and rapid exchange of information and commerce. Along with such advantages comes the significant challenge of securely integrating the Internet with the modern business infrastructure. The article endeavors to briefly (1) describe the adoption and categories of threats associated with Internet activity, and (2) illustrate how appropriate policies and practices serve to mitigate said risks.
Internet adoption and categories of threats
The Internet and the tremendous acceptance of the World Wide Web have taken the business-computing community by storm. The practicality of the web is based on two open standards-- Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) which facilitates document format and links to other document resources, and HyperText Transport Protocol (HTTP) a network protocol for delivering web content. The combined result offers dynamic, seemingly boundless access and transmission of information. This content rich, platform independent delivery mechanism teamed with growing ease of access yields an economical and convenient way for vendors and consumers to do business.
There are approximately 22 million web browsers in use today with over 10 million households connected to the Internet. Popular research indicates that 55% of consumers plan to make online purchases by the year 2000 which could amount to 10 billion dollars in consumer-based electronic commerce1. By the year 2000, one third of all businesses will be on the web, and business to business sales will reach 130 billion dollars. The Business adoption of the Internet is without question "fast and furious". For some organizations, counting the number of web sites, servers, managers and contributors is nearly impossible. The following statistics shed some light on corporate Internet/Intranet trends and possible risks.
In the members section there is more on the following:
Corporate Intra/Internet Statistics
Characteristics of Internet usage in the commercial sector
Web Site Security Provisions