E-Commerce Act 2006: An Information Security Perspective

By: Sonny Zulhuda

(This article first appears in the E-Security Bulletin vol. 18 – (Q1-2009), published by CyberSecurity Malaysia in 1st Quarter of Year 2009, under the title ‘The requirement of information availability in the E-Commerce Act 2006’)

One of the key components in information security is the information availability, which seeks to ensure that authorized users have access to information and associated assets whenever required. This availability factor is so important to the extent that its deficiency can adversely affect other aspects of information security, namely the integrity and confidentiality of information.

This significance cannot be seen bigger in the area of electronic commerce. Imagine if the security of an information system used by an e-payment service provider is compromised by a denial-of-service (DOS) attack thus affects the availability of service, not only are the commercial data and the electronic processing thereof being jeopardised, but also the whole supposedly-trusted system can fail miserably. Continue reading

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