NORTH CANTON, Ohio - ATM manufacturer Diebold has announced thatit has developed an electronic system for notifying financialinstitutions about Microsoft software updates for Windows-based ATMnetworks. Diebold's Software Update Notification System will allowcredit unions to update security features by pre-qualifying eachupdate through Diebold-specific testing and use recommendations. Onthe second Tuesday of each month, when Microsoft releases newupdates for Windows, Diebold will assess and test each update forapplicability to Diebold terminal software, the firm said. In apress statement Sandra Jones, card services director for MaxFederal Credit Union in Montgomery, Ala., said the system pushesinformation down in a timely and efficient manner. "The SoftwareUpdate Notification System is important to Max because it helpsensure our ATMs are as up-to-date as possible and that they havethe security updates we need to help prevent fraud and attacks,"she was quoted as saying. Software updates are posted to DieboldCustomer Internet Support, a secure Web portal on which creditunions can view all available and Diebold-tested updates. Once anupdate is posted to the site, Diebold will test it and providefurther information regarding applicability and user deployment toappropriate systems. Customers can register and create customprofiles that identify their particular needs, as well as the typeof Windows-based ATM networks their credit unions are running. Thesystem is free to credit unions with current Diebold Master Licenseagreements.

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