First Advisor

Vieira, Paul


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Information Assurance


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

75 pages


The problem at hand is the increased amount of vulnerabilities and security hazards for individuals engaging in e-commerce, business transactions over the World Wide Web. Since the majority of people aren't paying their bills by mailing in their payment to the vendor, they pay for the items they purchase online, which makes them open to hackers and social engineering attacks. They place their credit card/debit card numbers, their phone number and home address, and even their birth date information on company websites. All these security vulnerabilities make the risk of identity theft increasingly high. Identity theft is when an individual's personal (confidential) information, such as social security or account numbers, is stolen and used against them.

Date of Award

Fall 2009

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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