Security isn't a new topic in business. Many years ago, businesses were concerned primarily with physically securing information within their facilities. We managed our companies' critical information on a "need-to-know" basis-if you needed to know, then the keeper of the information would share the information with you.With the advent of e-commerce and networked computers comes the added need to secure these networks. Businesses, including insurers, want to facilitate the sharing of relevant data while protecting proprietary and confidential data. And, of course, the need-to-know rule still applies.

Yet, at the same time, carriers are realizing the benefits of becoming more tightly aligned with their stakeholders-agents, policyholders and providers. Insurers need to share information electronically outside their organizations via the Internet-but they need assurances that they can securely provide pertinent information to designated parties.

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