purpose of ICX (International Commerce
Exchange) is to facilitate and promote secure electronic
commerce between small and medium sized enterprises in Europe,
by working to remove all barriers and providing a forum for
communication between industry, governments and individuals.
objective is also to remove the technical, security,
legal, regulatory, commercial, financial, educational and
business best practice barriers to secure electronic commerce.
together, ICX aims to provide the knowledge and techniques
to implement secure electronic commerce -- creating trust
and confidence for the benefit of all.
ICX is a forum for
businesses by businesses who take part in electronic commerce
over any network and who need confidence in its security.
ICX operates on a
not-for-profit basis. As an organisation, it provides an open
forum enabling business to participate in the Global Electronic
Marketplace. Working with other associations with similar
objectives, ICX promotes and supports all open measures that
enable secure electronic commerce over open networks, unhindered
by individual, corporation or government.
ICX's roots are within
a European Commission project, one of the main objectives
of which was to develop a Secure Electronic Commerce Model
(SECCOM) for European businesses. A knowledge base providing
a one-stop-shop approach to a vast interactive, business blueprint,
website, library and much more. SECCOM has been tested and
successfully exploited by several major multinational organisations
and is available on-line to ICX members.
Without a doubt,
electronic commerce is changing the way we do business. It
enables us to trade and exchange information faster, more
directly and effectively, with the potential to trade globally
over the Internet.
However, without standards, technical and
legal regulatory guidelines, and a proper security infrastructure,
trading electronically presents its own challenges. For governments
and organisations to agree and enforce common standards represents,
perhaps, the biggest challenge of all. It is, primarily, for
this reason that ICX believes that self-regulation is the