Issue VI

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Security in e-Commerce

Volume: 2002, No.VI

Date: December 2002

Guest Editors: Javier Areitio-Bertolín, Javier López-Muñoz, José A. Mañas-Argemí and Stephanie Teufel

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Security in e-Commerce

Companies are facing a series of ever more challenging problems in order to bring their plans to fruition, as commercial activity is becoming characterized by greater supply capacities, growing competition at a global level and constantly growing expectations and demand from customers.

Under this scenario electronic communications are very important, and Security is a critical factor, a matter of capital importance in the development of any initiative in the area of electronic commercial activities. Communications must provide a high level of accessibility (dead time in an e-Business environment does not only mean a loss of revenue but can also drive customers away), must be reliable (with high functionality and performance and an agile management and administration system) and must guarantee confidentiality.

Fulfilling these requirements adequately has become one of the main challenges facing companies in the so-called New Economy. Though B2B, Business-to-Business, e-Commerce is not new and has been working for many years using other models such as EDI, Electronic Data Interchange, Internet based systems break new ground in that they involve the customer’s acceptance of specific applications in which the
relationships established are much closer, due to the fact that in most cases they are two-way relationships.

The key to e-Commerce lies precisely in establishing a relationship of trust between buyer and seller, just as there should be in traditional commercial transactions. Digital markets are evolving towards value added communities, focused on aggregating services for their members beyond those hitherto provided by a digital market, giving a wide ranging content that will help members to manage all their business processes by offering the widest range of services imaginable. This is without a doubt where the matter of security is of prime importance.


See below for the papers included in this issue:

  • A Best Practice Guide for Secure Electronic Commerce by Sokratis K. Katsikas and Stefanos A. Gritzalis
  • Public Key Infrastructure in Switzerland by Stefano Casa and Thomas Schlienger
  • PISCIS: e-Commerce Based on an Advanced Certification Infrastructure and Smart Cards by Félix J. García-Clemente, Antonio F. Gómez-Skarmeta, Gabriel López-Millán, Rafael Marín-López and Antonio Ruiz-Martínez
  • CPC-OCSP: an Adaptation of OCSP for m-Commerce by José L. Muñoz-Tapia and Jordi Forné-Muñoz
  • New Threats to Internet Electronic Commerce by José-María Sierra-Cámara, Julio-César Hernández-Castro and Arturo Ribagorda-Garnacho
  • CREDO: A Secure System for the Remote Certification of Documents by Francisco J. Rico-Novella, Jordi Forga-Alberich, Emilio Sanvicente-Gargallo, Jorge Mata-Díaz, Juan-José Alins-Delgado and Luis de la Cruz-Llopis
  • Fingerprinting Schemes for the Protection of Multimedia Distribution Rights by Marcel Fernández-Muñoz, Miquel Soriano-Ibañez, Josep Domingo-Ferrer and Francesc Sebé-Feixas
  • An Access Control Method for Mobile Agents in Sea-of-Data Applications by Guillermo Navarro-Arribas, Sergi Robles-Martínez and Joan Borrell-Viader
  • Security Scheme of an Interoperable System for Electronic Fee Collection: CARDME Project by Francisco R. Soriano-García and Juan G. Jordán-Aldasoro
  • Security Architecture for Agent Communication by Luis Mengual-Galán and Julio García-Otero
  • Privacy, Personalisation and Security Management by Andreas Erat