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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Dennis Guster

Second Advisor

Lynn Coleln

Third Advisor

Sneh Kalia

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


In the past decade, there has been a rapid increase in Electronic commerce (e-commerce) activity via web applications. With this increase, there is a need for building a good quality application. One of the major factors to achieve quality is the application’s security. This paper discusses about how alarming the threats posed to the e-commerce applications are, how can one counteract against the threats, what are the mistakes made by the current e-commerce applications which enabled them to get affected by the security attacks, how they recovered from the incidents, takes the opinions from the consumers with the help of a survey, proposes a methodology to be followed while developing an e-commerce web application to make the application aware about the threats and take countermeasures accordingly.


The effective finish of this paper could not have been conceivable without the direction of my professors Dr. Dennis Guster and Dr. Lynn Collen. I also would like to thank Dr. Sneh Kalia for being part of the committee.