Building Trust in E-Commerce: ecomSecurity.com Launches

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Welcome to ecomSecurity.com, your source for information on e-security products and services.

We launched this site in November 2000 to fill a need for security information targeted at IT managers. Our intent is to provide information that helps IT decision makers keep up with what is perhaps their greatest challenge in the e-business era: building a truly secure, trustworthy e-business infrastructure.

Worldwide, the e-commerce market will reach $6.8 trillion in 2004, accounting for 8.6% of all goods and services sold, according to Forrester Research. Nearly $3.5 trillion of that total will come from North America. By 2002, Forrester says 93% of firms expect some of their business trade to flow over the Internet.

There's no telling how accurate Forrester's numbers will prove to be, but even if the figures are inflated by 100%, we're still talking about a staggering amount of money.

It should be no surprise, then, that the amount of money being spent on security software is likewise staggering. Market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) puts the figure at $4 billion in 1999 and says another $5.5 billion was spent on security services, including consulting, implementation, managed services, education, and training.

Any good IT manager knows that throwing money at a problem doesn't necessarily solve it. Consider the money spent on enterprise system and network management tools that went for naught when companies couldn't get the all-encompassing systems to work properly. In 1998 Gartner Group said that within 24 months of being purchased, about half of enterprise management system software ended up unused.

A good part of the reason for that waste was a lack of understanding about what the tools could do and how best to implement them. We want to make sure the same thing doesn't happen in the e-security space.

To accomplish that goal, we will provide information taken from a variety of sources, including experts at security product and services firms, and consultants who follow the security industry day to day. Some of our stories will be written by trade-press journalists with expertise in the security arena. We will also encourage experts at security software and services firms to provide their views on the biggest issues of the day, providing insight from the people producing the tools IT managers use every day.

On top of that, we will scour the Web for security information provided by other sources and provide links to the most relevant sites and stories, making ecomSecurity.com a portal for e-security information.

No matter what the source, all ecomSecurity.com news and features will keep a business focus. We'll fill you in not only on how to keep your business safe and secure, but how to use security to enable new business opportunities.

The company behind ecomSecurity.com is King Content, a strategic publishing firm started in 1998 by John Desmond. He has more than 15 years of experience writing and setting editorial direction in the computer trade press. He has been involved with such publications as Application Development Trends, Component Strategies, and Computerworld. He is currently editorial director of King Content partner publication Software Magazine.

I joined my brother John at King Content in 1999 after 11 years at Network World, the IDG news weekly that covers enterprise network computing. I most recently served as Network World's features editor and prior to that served as news editor.

John and I look forward to bringing our combined editorial experience to bear on the issue of e-security. As editor, I'll keep my finger on the pulse of the e-security landscape to inform you of the leading trends and issues of the day. Naturally, I could use your help in that effort, so feel free to drop me a line about issues we should cover.

Thanks for reading and come back soon.

Paul Desmond

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