An alliance announced Thursday between the Credit Union National Association and Aquis IP Communications Inc. of Tampa, Fla., aims to assuage the Internet security fears of credit unions while giving them a way to get into online banking.

Through Aquis, an Internet access and networking vendor, credit unions that belong to CUNA can offer online transactions through a virtual private network. Such networks take advantage of the flexibility of Internet protocols, but use firewall protections to ensure that no information crosses the public Internet.

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