Standard secures Aussie e-commerce

Australia's e-commerce industry received a boost today with the adoption of new international information security guidelines designed to facilitate secureglobal e-commerce.

The guidelines were adopted following extensive debate among the Australiane-commerce industry and will provide a platform for Australian businesses totrade securely in the global e-market place.

Standards Australia chief executive Ross Wraight said the new internationalguidelines will remove one of the main impediments to the adoption ofe-commerce by boosting confidence in information security.

They will also help organisations improve the way they manage informationsecurity ? a critical issue for companies that increasingly rely on electroniccommerce, e-mail and the Internet to do business.

"The standard takes a risk management approach to ensure relevant controls areimplemented. It includes a best practice description of the objectives,characteristics and factors to consider for 127 controls (in 36 controlcategories)," Wraight said.

The Code of Practice can be used as a basis for an information securitymanagement system, which can in turn be certified.

The international guidelines are in the form of an International Standardentitled "ISO/IEC 17799:2001 Information Technology ? Code of Practice forInformation Security Management", which replaces the existing AustralianStandards AS/NZS 4444.1:1999.

Standards Australia is the Australian member of the International Organisationfor Standardisation (ISO) which includes some 147 member countries.

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