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Georgia CUs Gather To Discuss Data Breaches

DULUTH, Ga.-More than 30 credit union professionals from across Georgia met here to discuss the changing environment of the debit card market, specifically ongoing data breaches.

Organized by Georgia CU Affiliates' Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Council, the group also discussed how emerging card trends and to further provide information on the steps the credit union industry is taking to ensure that merchants and third-party providers adhere to card association rules.

Diana Williams, a strategic analyst with Raddon, addressed the meeting, as did John Christenson, an attorney with CUNA Mutual.

For info, contact Dawn Colegrove at dawnc gcua.org.

CUISPA Forms New Purchasing Cooperative

AUSTIN, Texas-The Credit Union Information Security Professionals Association (CUISPA) has formed a Technology Purchasing Cooperative (TPC) that it says is to "share knowledge about security solutions and vendors, and obtain cost savings through group purchasing discounts."

CUISPA is a consortium of credit union information technology (IT) managers established in 2005 to facilitate cooperation among credit union IT managers. For instance, Mike McMillan, director of systems at Texans CU, Dallas, said Texans joined after learning of a rebate offered to members by a vendor with which the credit union was in discussions.

The cost savings were double what the credit union paid for dues.

For info: www.cuispa.org.

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