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Security Guards

The latest developments in e-business security

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This story appears in the August 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Alessandro Isolani plays with fire every day. His San Francisco-based ebates.com Inc., the shopping community he co-founded in 1999, now has 2.5 million members purchasing products from more than 500 e-merchants referred through its site. Protecting the security of those customers is one of Isolani's most important jobs. "If you blow it on security," the 33-year-old explains, "your company is dead."

Indeed, security issues dog all e-businesses. Merchants need to protect shoppers' user information. Companies must also make sure people shopping with them aren't ripping them off. Entrepreneurs must not only protect proprietary information, but also keep out hackers and minimize denial-of-service attacks, which seek to shut sites down so legitimate customers can't use them.

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