Blue Ridge Networks Announces Partnership Agreement with COCC to Enhance Data Communications for Community Banks and Credit Unions

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In an announcement that promises significant cost reductions for community banks and credit unions in the Northeastern US, Blue Ridge Networks and COCC have teamed in offering an innovative new Secure Virtual Ethernet Services (SVES) to financial institutions. This WAN Solution Links Branches, Remote ATMs and Mobile Financial Centers to COCC's Data Processing Facilities With 80% Reduction in Costs.

As a service organization for regulated financial institutions, we pursue every opportunity to simplify operations, improve security and boost performance

In an announcement that promises significant cost reductions for community banks and credit unions in the Northeastern US, Blue Ridge Networks, the premier provider of high assurance security solutions to business and government, and COCC, the region's leading provider of next generation technology services for financial institutions, have teamed in offering an innovative new Secure Virtual Ethernet Services (SVES).
SVES Solution

Data communications is a critical function for COCC which delivers outsourced information technology services for community banks and credit unions throughout the Northeastern US. Prior to today's announcement, COCC has relied on ISDN and frame relay technology to provide backup communications. The Blue Ridge solution replaces those technologies with up to 10 times the speed and the most rigorous security available anywhere.

COCC's director of network services, Brent Biernat, explained that the new SVES service can reduce data communications costs by as much as 80% while significantly increasing the performance and security of data transmissions. "As a service organization for regulated financial institutions, we pursue every opportunity to simplify operations, improve security and boost performance," said Biernat. "Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Services will help deliver those improvements while reducing our client's communications costs. We are also pleased with the responsive support our pilot clients have received from Blue Ridge. We look forward to the additional opportunities available through this partnership."

Mike Fumai, CEO of Blue Ridge Networks, commented that "With COCC's high standards for delivering and supporting technology services, we couldn't be more proud to have them relying on our secure networking service solution. It is clear that SVES has been gaining adoption due to three factors -- simplicity, low cost and high security."

The Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Service delivers the convenience, mobility and flexibility of Ethernet-based connectivity to offices globally, yet without the high cost and limitations of private line, ATM, frame relay or ISDN platforms. Solutions are carrier-agnostic with backup redundancy for 100% uptime and implemented with high levels of security, certifications and standards that have already been proven globally within the intelligence community. This managed service model allows organizations to cap costs, improve flexibility and increase security to meet the growing demand for protection of critical voice and data communications.

Referencing his experience with Blue Ridge services, Steve Piubeni, Assistant Vice.President -- Information Systems at $1 billion United Bank headquartered in West Springfield, Mass. stated that "managed services provided by Blue Ridge Networks have proven to both lower our costs and ensure the responsiveness of our backup communications. Secure solutions with these qualities serve to expand the integrity of all of our banking offerings."

About Blue Ridge Networks
Blue Ridge Networks is a respected and leading provider of unparalleled security solutions for government and private industry. The company's products have a proven ability to exploit the advantages of the internet and are relied upon by hundreds of large enterprises. Blue Ridge solutions represent high standards of security strength as tested and certified by independent organizations. The company's products have earned: FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria, Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), ARMY TIC, and Department of Defense SPOCK certifications. Additionally, they comply with important HIPAA, HSPD-12, and PCI regulations. Information about the company's products and managed services can be found by visiting Blue Ridge Networks.

About COCC
COCC is one of the fastest growing data processing companies in the nation. Established in 1967, this client-owned company provides complete enterprise processing solutions to financial institutions using the latest open systems. COCC was recognized by Cornerstone Advisors' Gonzobanker newsletter for migrating all of its clients to an open, relational system built on an Oracle data base. Open systems and client-driven support make COCC the better data processor. For more information, please call 860.678.0444 or visit COCC.

Media Contact:
Mike Fumai, CEO
Blue Ridge Networks
(703) 631-0702

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