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extranet

[′ek·strə‚net]
(computer science)
A secure, Internet-based private network that allows organizations to share information with vendors, partners, customers, and so on; access requires either a password or digital encryption.

extranet

(World-Wide Web)
The extension of a company's intranet out onto the Internet, e.g. to allow selected customers, suppliers and mobile workers to access the company's private data and applications via the World-Wide Web. This is in contrast to, and usually in addition to, the company's public website which is accessible to everyone. The difference can be somewhat blurred but generally an extranet implies real-time access through a firewall of some kind.

Such facilities require very careful attention to security but are becoming an increasingly important means of delivering services and communicating efficiently.

extranet

A secured website on the Internet for customers or business partners and not the general public. To gain access, users must establish an account with identification and an authentication method such as a password, security token or biometric. An extranet can provide access to research, current inventories, internal databases, electronic teaching platforms, virtually any information that customers or associates have permission to view. Many extranets use virtual private networks (VPNs) to encrypt data in transit. Contrast with intranet. See Microsoft SharePoint, EDI and virtual data room.
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Extranets are most commonly used for litigation and transactional matters, according to Rachelle Rennagel, chief knowledge officer at Sheppard Mullin.
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As with intranets - featured in last week's eView - extranets use internet technologies to enable businesses to share relevant information with their customers and suppliers through secure communication channels.
Increasingly, companies embrace the extranet as a better way to communicate with partners faster and more consistently.
Each of the new products are built on the Neoteris Instant Virtual Extranet 4.0 platform so that they can be used in extranet, intranet and remote access policy enforcement operations.
"Intranets and Extranets allow companies to streamline business processes by taking out expensive paper-based processes.
Due to the size, cost and complexity involved in this project, NMIMC had to look beyond traditional VPN and secure extranet solutions.
Bigger than an intranet, but smaller than the Internet, extranets are restricted-access, web-based networks that cross organization lines.
Other attorneys have reported that extranets have reduced their clerical head count by 50 percent, and freed up attorney time previously spent dictating and reviewing drafts of letters and other documents.
The use of agent extranets provides the clearest and most straight-forward path for insurance companies to benefit from using the web.
Results also showed that in 1998, 32 percent and 13 percent of respondents had intranets a nd extranets, respectively.