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The E-government program has put together a reliable and secure platform for you to use when you do business with the state of Oregon. We use state-of-the-art technology to do so.

Information Security
Our main concern is security. We want you to feel safe when you purchase goods and services from state Web sites.

Our firewall reduces the contact our applications and information have with threats over the Internet. Our firewall looks at all incoming signals, such as e-mail or HTTP requests, for damaging commands. Only non-damaging signals are sent to the servers. This makes it harder for viruses and hackers to attack the E-government system.
Diagram of how a firewall works
How a Firewall Works

We also encrypt all information sent between systems. Information is scrambled when it is sent and unscrambled when it is received. The E-government program uses secure socket layer (SSL) technology to encrypt all communications.
Diagram of the SSL encryption/decryption process
 Diagram of the SSL Encryption/Decryption Process
When you fill out a form on the Internet, look at your address bar. If the address starts with HTTPS, instead of HTTP, the page is using SSL.

System Reliability
To ensure a consistent and reliable environment that complies with industry and government standards the E-government systems reside in a state-of-the-art data center that provides monitoring and support 24x7 365 days a year.