E-Commerce and Cyber Attacks

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E-commerce security threats and technology solution dimensions consist of integrity, authenticity, confidentiality, privacy, availability, etc. (Laudon & Traver, 2012, p.268). The internet can serve as a very useful tool or it can be a tool manipulated to perform unethical actions. Its function as tool all depends on what the user and what they intend to do with the information they download, view or share. Many analysts trace the increase in the number of issues faced by consumers today to the internet. Internet access has transitioned from a luxury to a common household utility. This shift in demand makes it increasingly easy for criminals such as hackers to gain access to a larger pool of information. This growing pool of information provides an avenue for deception, manipulation, fraud, stealing and other forms of security threats. Why is it so hard for people to value integrity if honesty truly is the best policy? Although this very popular moral lesson has been passed from generation to generation, the reality is that fewer and fewer individuals model this behavior. Today, society faces a huge problem with honesty and multiple cases of embezzlement, fraud, and identity theft continue to plague innocent people. Before the recent advances in technology, the incidents involving unethical behaviors such as these were drastically smaller in occurrence. The internet, which was meant to be a resource for information and knowledge sharing, also made it possible for many criminals to expand their illegal activities. Since the invention of the internet was meant to serve as a resource, its founders did not foresee the need for security measures that would limit or prevent criminal activities. E-commerce security and threats ar... ... middle of paper ... .... Educating consumers to identify the traits of hacking and malware attacks will help counteract the growing advances in hacking. These problems can become harmful throughout the nations if these problems are not addressed. The most harmful effect that security threats can cause is economic issues. “According to one resource, online marketplace purchases or payments generated about $310 billion in 2011 alone. Current e-commerce security legislation and security policies in place have proven to be successful, but a progressive solution will require continued advancements in internet security (Laudon & Traver, 2012, p. 308, 311). Works Cited Laudon & Traver, 2012, p. 308, 311 Laudon & Traver, 2012, p.268 Taylor & Francis 2009, p. 5, 6 Laudon & Traver, 2012, p. 271 Laudon & Traver, 2012, p.275 Laudon & Traver, 2012, p.268 Reed p.20 Taylor & Francis 2009, p. 19
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