MEDIA ALERT: Visa Inc. to Promote Merchant and Consumer Education for Cyber Security Awareness Month

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As we mark National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, Visa (NYSE: V) is reminding consumers and small business owners how to stay safe and protect their payment information online. Visa will participate alongside the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in several events throughout the month to engage public and private sector partners to raise awareness and educate consumers and businesses about cyber security.


The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our collective responsibility. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is about educating consumers and businesses about the role we all play in digital protection. If each of us does our part – implementing stronger security practices, raising awareness, educating young people, training employees – we will be a more resilient and safer digital society.


October 1-31, 2012
All events are open to the media
October 1 NCSA/DHS Kickoff Event: Visa to present on merchant data security best practices (Omaha, NE)
October 9 Cyber Security Workforce Development Event, including participation by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom: Visa to speak on cyber security workforce issues (Cal Poly Pomona)
October 10 Law Enforcement Event Co-sponsored with DHS and U.S. Secret Service: Visa to discuss cyber crime and other trends affecting financial services and mitigation strategies (Miami, FL)
October 11 Twitter Chat: Cyber Crime with NCSA, the ID Theft Resource Center and the Washington State Patrol (#ChatSTC)
October 15 Business Cyber Security Forum: Visa’s Chief Enterprise Risk Officer Ellen Richey will join DHS senior leadership, NCSA and Symantec, among others, to draw attention to the need for businesses to protect themselves against cyber threats (NASDAQ, New York, NY)
October 22 Cyber Security Workforce Development Event (Press Club, Washington, D.C.)

Learn more about Visa’s efforts to help educate businesses and consumers about protecting payment information from online and other threats at For more information or to attend any of the above events, please contact Sofia Mata-Leclerc at: 650-432-2990 or

About Visa Inc.

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world's most advanced processing networks – VisaNet – that is capable of handling more than 20,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit

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Libby Smiley, 415-318-4233

Source: Visa Inc.