CompuServe Pacific has waded into the ISP security debate, declaring itself in a different class from other local ISPs.
In a press release headed headed 'Compuserve Users Aren't Hacked Off', the company's New Zealand marketing manager, Craig Tikao says that although the CompuServe might "sympathise with its New Zealand ISP colleagues’ recent security breaches, there is no excuse for having inferior security mechanisms in place in the first instance.
“Quite frankly these sorts of security breaches give us all a bad name, and CompuServe does not wish to be placed in the same basket, as everyone else," he says.
Tiako says CompuServe applies a range of security measures, including the choice of secure commercial buildings, rather than open or academic sites, and firewalling that maintains separation between Internet traffic and its virtual private network services.
"One of the reasons why we are the preferred online service for many businesses is that CompuServe operates an 8-bit proprietary system as opposed to the 7-bit (ASCII) based 'open Standards' system that the 'plain-vanilla-envelope' ISPs utilise here in New Zealand, says Tikao.
The release might sound like an open invitation to crackers - and will probably be received as such - but it does seem that CompuServe worldwide has suffered relatively little from hacks and attacks over the years - probably because of the many proprietary elements in its system. Or perhaps it's just too dull to bother trying.