- Digital security
'Digital Security' gives individuals the freedom to embrace the digital lifestyle – to confidently engage in everyday interactions across all digital devices. Digital security affects all aspects of the digital lifestyle, which, among others, comprises computers and the internet, telecommunications, financial transactions, transportation, healthcare, and secure access.
Computers and the Internet
Internet security involves the protection of a computer's internet account and files from intrusion by an outside user. Internet users today are very familiar with companies like Symantec (Norton Anti-Virus) and McAfee that provide them with internet security products to guard against computer viruses, as well as to provide secure firewalls and protection against spyware.
Organizations like the Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a not-for-profit organization that helps enterprises reduce the risk of business and e-commerce disruptions resulting from inadequate technical security controls, and provides enterprises with resources for measuring information security status and making rational security investment decisions. The fact that an organization like CIS exists today is proof of the importance of maintaining adequate internet security.
Another example of secure smart card technology usage is the Microsoft .NET card framework. This is a software framework that is available with several Microsoft Windows operating systems. It includes a large library of coded This article is basically an ad. Or rather, it is a company white paper promoting a particular company. I removed the link to the company. It needs to actually DEFINE "digital security" in its first sentence. solutions to prevent common programming problems and a virtual machine that manages the execution of programs written specifically for the framework. At Microsoft’s Heroes Happen Here event in February 2008 the inbuilt .NET smart card technology that operates the current Microsoft Windows server was showcased.
Perhaps the most widely known digitally secure telecommunication device is the SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card, a device that is embedded in most of the world’s cellular devices before any service can be obtained. The SIM card is just the beginning of this digitally secure environment.
Recent developments in SCWS (Smart Card Web Servers) are pushing the boundaries of mobile technology. Tests are being conducted in secure OTA (over-the-air) payment and credit card information from and to a mobile phone. The link between the bank doing the paying and the person’s mobile device needs to be secure.
Combination SIM/DVD devices are being developed through Smart Video Card technology which embeds a DVD-compliant optical disc into the card body of a regular SIM card.
Other telecommunication developments involving digital security include mobile signatures, which use the embedded SIM card to generate a legally binding electronic signature. This article is basically an ad. Or rather, it is a company white paper promoting a particular company. I removed the link to the company. It needs to actually DEFINE "digital security" in its first sentence.
Financial Transactions & Retail
The UCLA Internet Report: Surveying the Digital Future (2000) found that the privacy of personal data created barriers to online sales and that more than nine out of 10 internet users (were) somewhat or very concerned about credit card security. Due to rapid advancements in online digital security, those concerns have been alleviated to a large extent.
VeriSign, Inc. has emerged as the world’s trusted guarantor of ensuring that the entire infrastructure services of the internet are secure. Billions of times each day, its SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) as well as its successor TLS (Transport Layer Security), identity and authentication services, and domain name services allow companies and consumers all over the world to engage in trusted communications and commerce. Several versions of SSL and TLS are commonly used today in applications such as web browsing, e-mail, internet faxing, instant messaging, and VoIP (voice-over-IP).
The credit card companies Visa and MasterCard cooperated to develop the secure EMV chip which is embedded in credit cards. Further developments include the Chip Authentication Program where banks give customers hand-held card readers to perform online secure transactions. The combination of improved internet security and improved credit card security has led to an explosion in online shopping.
Other developments in this arena include the development of technology such as Instant Issuance which has enabled shopping mall kiosks acting on behalf of banks to issue on-the-spot credit cards to interested customers.
Banks continue to make improvements to their digital security software in order to facilitate online banking. Susan Orr, in a recent interview in ABA Banking Journal, explains: “Because regulators have been insisting on better perimeter controls as well as controls on key infrastructure and application areas, like internet banking …, most banks have those systems protected fairly well. Most are also ‘virus savvy,’ and This article is basically an ad. Or rather, it is a company white paper promoting a particular company. I removed the link to the company. It needs to actually DEFINE "digital security" in its first sentence. are trying to catch up on other malware trends, such as blended threats (e.g. virus worms or Trojans with embedded html files).
Travel and Transportation
The post 9/11 world has necessitated the rapid development of enhanced digital security for the traveling public in order to satisfy the enhanced entry requirements for more and more international border control agencies.
Most modern passports are now ePassports, containing an embedded microchip that stores a digitized photograph and personal information such as name, gender, and date of birth. In addition, more and more countries are introducing facial recognition technology to reduce identity-related fraud. The introduction of the ePassport has assisted border officials in verifying the identity of the passport holder, thus allowing for quicker passenger processing. Plans are under way in several countries, including the US, the UK, and Australia to introduce SmartGate kiosks with both retina and fingerprint recognition technology.
Additionally, e-Drivers’ licenses are being developed using the same technology. For example, Mexico’s licensing authority (ICV) has used a smart card platform to issue the first e-Drivers’ licenses to the city of Monterrey, in the state of Nuevo León.
The airline industry has witnessed the virtual demise of traditional paper tickets and the advent of more user-friendly electronic tickets (e-tickets). Their popularity has been made possible due to advances in online credit card transactions in partnership with the airlines. Long-distance bus companies are also switching over to e-ticketing transactions today. It will not be long before all tickets for any purpose will be in an electronic format.
Shipping companies have adopted RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology as an efficient, digitally secure, tracking device. Unlike a barcode, RFID can be read up to 20 feet away, which makes this tracking method much more efficient and user-friendly. RFID has revolutionized well-known shipping companies like FedEx and UPS.
Today, all health-care providers and health insurance companies use the internet to provide enhanced products and services. More and more of these organizations are using the web to increase customer satisfaction, improve patient care, boost service revenues, and lower costs.
Health care companies like Humana are leaders today in eHealth; Humana partners with WebMD, Oracle Corporation, EDS, Microsoft, and TriZetto to enable its members to take a stakeholder approach to their health care, as well as to provide an overview of a wider and wider range of health care plans. Patient records are increasingly being placed on secure in-house networks, alleviating the need for extra storage space. Health care patients are more at ease with this electronic system precisely because their trust in digitally secure networks has increased.
The FBI, CIA, and Pentagon, are all leaders in utilizing secure controlled access technology for any of their buildings. However, the use of this form of technology is spreading into the entrepreneurial world. More and more companies are taking advantage of the development of digitally secure controlled access technology. GE's ACUVision, for example, offers a single panel platform for access control, alarm monitoring and digital recording.
New approaches offer the best of both worlds by combining network DVR capabilities with intelligent access control and alarm monitoring panel functionality into a single IP solution. Systems now combine digital video monitoring/recording/playback, access control and intrusion detection functionality in a single panel solution. With these integrated digital video recording and access control platforms, security officers can display live and stored video associated with alarm conditions and cardholder activity.
- Online shopping tips from the Better Business Bureau
- OnGuardOnline.gov - practical tips from the U.S. government and the technology industry to help online users secure their computers, be on guard against online fraud, and protect personal information
- Tips on securing your online transactions
- Consumer resource for information on wide-ranging digital security questions
- Center for Internet Security
- Microsoft Security
- Smart Card Alliance - industry association
- ^ The Center for Internet Security
- ^ Open Mobile Alliance
- ^ Lebo, Harlan (2000). The UCLA Internet Report: Surveying the Digital Future. World Internet Project. 1-55
- ^ Security is still a study of the basics. (2007, April). ABA Banking Journal, Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.
- ^ The Australian ePassport. Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website
- ^ Humana Web Site Named Best Interactive Site by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends
- ^ GE Security website
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