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Date Published: May 1994
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Connection to the Internet provides users and organizations quick and easy access to information, data, software, and discussion groups on every subject imaginable. Access to information on the Internet has become easier and more efficient since the appearance of the mosaic application. This client application is used to access World Wide Web (WWW) servers and gopher servers. WWW servers and gopher servers are rapidly becoming the predominant means for organizations to provide multimedia information over the Internet.
In addition, the Internet is becoming an avenue for individuals and organizations to engage in commerce. The CommerceNet Consortium, a coalition of organizations based in Silicon Valley, has recently created CommerceNet, an Internet-based infrastructure for electronic commerce. The CommerceNet Consortium is a non-profit corporation operating under matching funds provided by the Technology Reinvestment Program (TRP) sponsored by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), NIST, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DoE), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). CommerceNet participants include Intel, Sun Microsystems, Pacific Bell, and Apple Computer. The goal of CommerceNet is to create a true electronic marketplace.
While connection to the Internet provides many benefits for both individuals and organizations, several security problems can occur with Internet connection and use. Fortunately, solutions are available to make these security problems manageable. This bulletin cites some NIST solutions using cryptography, authentication techniques, and incident response activities.
May 1994 CSL Bulletin
Security and Privacyrisk management