To make Internet commerce viable on a mass scale, it is necessary to
connect the world's financial systems. Given that security is
imperative to these organizations, why are they willing to risk doing
business on the Internet?
CyberCash and First Virtual are not directly connecting the Internet to the global financial networks. CyberCash will use an intermediate highly secure server that is connected to both networks. First Virtual's system maintains security without having to use the encryption or signature technologies that the other systems employ. The system separates business on the Internet, which is insecure, from the bank processing system through firewalls and off-line batch processing handled by EDS, one of the world's leaders in banking transactions.