by Melisa LaBancz-Bleasdale - Monday, 5 July 2004.
For corporations using lack of interoperability as their argument for sticking to an open IM system, Maisonneuve counters, "If you want to have an insecure system, you can use just about anyone you prefer. For the corporation that wants to have the capability for their CFO to talk to their CEO without the risk of interception, Secure IM is a necessity. By definition, it cannot be interoperable with private, insecure systems just as Yahoo IM and MSN IM cannot communicate without the use of a third party hardware. There is no compatibility in open IM systems and it isn’t foreseeable in the near future. A company can choose to have secure IM communications or insecure, but not both. A secure IM environment is a gated community. There really is no other way."
Melisa LaBancz-Bleasdale is a freelance technology writer busily deleting spam while living in the San Francisco Bay Area.