A system and method of providing a global internetworking gateway architecture in an e-commerce environment are provided. A plurality of gateways each situated in a distinct geographic location are coupled to an internet. A wide area network, separate from the internet, is coupled to each of the gateways for providing communication between the wide area network and the internet. Coupled to the wide area network is a central database for providing a central storage for data used in e-commerce carried out over the internet. In one embodiment, at least one of the gateways includes at least one screening router coupled to the internet service provider, at least one firewall connected to the screening router, and a choker router coupled between the wide area network and the firewall.