Data Security in Mobile E-commerce

The e-commerce industry is slowly addressing security issues on their internal networks. There are guidelines for securing systems and networks available for the e-commerce systems personnel to read and implement. Educating the consumer on security issues is still in the infancy stage but will prove to be the most critical element of the e-commerce security architecture. Trojan horse programs launched against client systems pose the greatest threat to e-commerce because they can bypass or subvert most of the authentication and authorization mechanisms used in an e-commerce transaction.

    These programs can be installed on a remote computer by the simplest of means: email attachments. Training programs, orientation programs will become more critical in order to increase the general populace's awareness of security on the Internet. IT and financial control/audit groups within the e-commerce site should form an alliance to overcome the general resistance to implementing security practices at the business level. Industry self-regulation of consumer privacy appears to be ineffective. The FTC privacy survey and its recommendations to Congress may result in the introduction of legislation on privacy issue