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Information Security: Mutual Authentication in E-commerce

  • S. H. Von Solms
  • M. V. Kisimov
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 78)

Abstract

Information Security is ever increasingly becoming an important topic when it comes to network communications. This greatly concerns areas of electronic commerce, especially online shopping and money transfers. This paper outlines a methodology for securing electronic communication between e-Merchants and online shoppers. The methodology is based on a simple hierarchy of a trusted third party and communicating hosts. The paper further explains how the new methodology avoids e-commerce pitfalls of current technologies and presents an approach for securing currently unsecured online shoppers, in the process of making them capable of performing safe and secure network transactions.

Keywords

Certification Authority Authentication Guideline Security Digital Certificates Encryption Asymmetric Cryptography Digital Signature 

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Von Solms
    • 1
  • M. V. Kisimov
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceRand Afrikaans UniversitySouth Africa

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