Web now widely used by business, government, individuals
but Internet & Web are vulnerable
have a variety of threats
ldenial of service
need added security mechanisms
The World Wide Web is widely used by businesses, government agencies, and many individuals. But the Internet and the Web are extremely vulnerable to compromises of various sorts, with a range of threats as shown. These can be described as passive attacks including eavesdropping on network traffic between browser and server and gaining access to information on a Web site that is supposed to be restricted, and active attacks including impersonating another user, altering messages in transit between client and server, and altering information on a Web site. The web needs added security mechanisms to address these threats.