Security is worth it

With the growth of B2B exchanges allowing both buyers and sellers increased benefits, advanced personalisation and integration...

With the growth of B2B exchanges allowing both buyers and sellers increased benefits, advanced personalisation and integration with the logistics process, it is clear the market isn't going to slow down and, with the potential "score" being huge, neither will criminal activity.

Steve Rawsthorn

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Security is therefore essential and, if security is such a big part of e-business, then surely it deserves more funding, with the end justifying the means.

Computer crime seems to be falling foul to the same fate non-computer theft has suffered - the belief that as it hasn't happened before the danger isn't as apparent. Companies are distracted from putting in place necessary security measures by topical issues such as the upward growth of the business. This is a short-term policy, doomed to failure in the long-term.

With the possible crime list a seemingly endless record of pornography, exploitation, trafficking, card theft hacks, data theft hacks, system crash hacks, Web site graffiti hacks and more, the subject is growing larger and more important every day. The flip side to these crimes is the process of counteracting them and there is a shortage of companies with specialist training and indepth knowledge. We are all aware of the tools that restrict the prying of unwanted eyes, but the ways and means become useless without an understanding of the potential risks.

Security is a subject that affects us all in different ways, according to the nature of our business and how we go about protecting the fundamental structure of our business model. The funding required to ensure a hack-free network can be costly, but surely the risk of not investing in one is potentially more dangerous.

Steve Rawsthorn is chief marketing officer at Wellance

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