Electronic Commerce (EC)

This involves integrates communications, data management, and security services to allow different organizations to automatically exchange business information. Communications services transfer the information from the originator to the recipient. Data management services define the interexchange format of the information. Security services authenticate the source; prevent disclosure by unauthorized users; and verify that the information was received by the intended recipient. Electronic commerce applies and integrates these services to support business and commercial applications such as electronic bidding, ordering and payments, and exchange of digital product specifications and design data.