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Benny Franklin launches SW Corps security awareness drive
DALLAS (5/6/10)--Southwest Corporate FCU is launching an education program to encourage credit unions to tighten their computer security defense systems. The campaign, “Good Advice is Timeless,” features Benny Franklin, a 2010 update of the famous founding father, Ben Franklin.
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The corporate also will host a webinar June 9 with Digital Defense Inc. to help credit unions respond to security threats. “Securing Your Credit Union’s Workstations,” led by Digital Defense’s Chief Compliance Officer Tom DeSot, will address how to prevent breaches; block malware, spyware and viruses; use firewalls; and establish a process for effective operating system and software patch management. “This webinar is built around the National Credit Union Administration’s security expectations,” said Jerry Delezen, Southwest Corporate senior vice president of information technology. While Southwest Corporate implements a multi-layered approach to security within its own systems, products and services, credit unions cannot be fully protected without controls on their end, Southwest Corporate said. “Internet schemes threaten computer systems daily, so we must do everything possible to secure our workstations,” Delezen said. “You never want to be in a position of having to explain how a key logger or malware got onto your credit union’s computer and enabled funds to be fraudulently transferred.” Southwest Corporate is also offering customizable posters to credit unions with several “Benny-isms.” The Benny-isms include:
* Better secured and assured than hacked and attacked; * If something looks fishy, someone’s probably phishing; * Keep on your guard, or computing becomes hard; and * Be Discreet, CTRL-ALT-DLT.
Southwest Corporate is based in Plano, Texas. Ben Franklin, a statesman, inventor and publisher, is remembered for short pieces of advice, such as “A penny saved is a penny earned.”


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