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ICBA and Microsoft Team Up To Provide Data Security Resources for Community Banks

New Alliance Helps Community Banks Address a Key Concern: Security

Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2006)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and Microsoft Corp. announced they are teaming up to help community banks manage the security of their technology infrastructures and battle emerging security threats so that they can provide better protection for their customers.

Announced at ICBA’s National Convention and Techworld this week in Las Vegas, the alliance between Microsoft and ICBA will bring informative materials, CEO webcasts, and an eight-city data security seminar series to ICBA’s nearly 5,000 members. In addition, Mircrosoft will collaborate with ICBA members to ensure its software solutions have the security needs of community banks in mind.

“Maintaining an effective data security strategy has become increasingly complex and time consuming for community bankers,” said Ken Parsons, chairman of ICBA’s Payments and Technology Committee, and chairman of Venture Bank, Lacey, Wash.  “ICBA’s relationship with Microsoft will greatly help us by providing information we need to further secure our technology infrastructures and provide improved protection for our customers.”

To kick off the efforts, Microsoft’s Vice President of Trustworthy Computing and Director of the Security Strategies Group Scott Charney is giving a keynote presentation at ICBA’s convention. In his talk, “the CEO’s Role in Protecting a Bank’s Reputation and Data,” Charney will discuss Microsoft’s perspective on the current risks to e-commerce, the impact of regulation and compliance and actions necessary to identify, mitigate and remediate security threats in financial services.

Microsoft and ICBA will take their security message nationwide starting April 4, with an eight-city series of   educational seminars across the United States. Topics during the full-day sessions include data security threats and emerging vulnerabilities, legal and regulatory compliance issues and risk assessments.

Community banks need access to security resources that are tailored to meet their needs,” said Joel Greenberg, director of  Enterprise Relationship Team at Microsoft. “We are pleased to work with ICBA the nation’s leading national association for community banks, to provide pertinent and timely information to ICBA-member banks.”

Those wanting more information or to sign up for the seminar series, can visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.

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