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Verizon Business Recognizes Harland Clarke's Security Excellence With Prestigious Security Certification

Cybertrust Certification Demonstrates Harland Clarke's Commitment to Reducing Risk and Protecting Customer Security

News Release

March 13, 2008 –

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Verizon Business announced Thursday (March 13) that Harland Clarke has earned the coveted Verizon Business Security Management Program (SMP) Cybertrust Certification, demonstrating Harland Clarke's continued commitment to security assurance practices.  This is the third consecutive year that the company has received the Cybertrust Enterprise Certification for its Dallas and San Antonio operations.

Geared to companies that are proactive in their approach to security, Verizon Business' Security Management Program helps companies reduce risk by reviewing their information security measures and synergistically addressing a broad range of security needs, from network and system analysis to security policy inspection.

This program is very rigorous and must be renewed annually.  Of the more than 1,000 businesses and government agencies whose information security measures have been reviewed under the program, only about half received Cybertrust Certification, which must be either maintained or renewed annually.  

"Harland Clarke has a responsibility to our clients and their customers, shareholders and employees to keep our organization secure by adhering to high levels of integrated security standards," said John Petrie, Harland Clarke's chief information security officer. "Our security controls, policies and procedures have been examined, measured and validated against a stringent set of essential practices as defined by Verizon Business. This certification further validates that security is, and will continue to be, a top priority for Harland Clarke."

Harland Clarke's Integrated Security Process, the company's comprehensive approach to security, further helps its clients mitigate risk and liability for their account holder customers.  Working closely with Verizon Business, Harland Clarke adopted crucial practices that helped to identify critical systems and assess the risk associated with each system, enabling the company to improve its overall security posture. The program also helped the company align information security policies and practices with the security components of many regulations and directives.   

During its security audit and review, Verizon Business examined, measured and validated Harland Clarke's security controls, policies and procedures across six risk categories: electronic threats and vulnerabilities, malicious code, privacy issues, human factors, and physical environment and downtime issues.  Specifically, this included the extensive review of external perimeter and internal network scanning of critical devices, network configuration and on-site assessments of susceptibility to theft. 

"With our acquisition of Cybertrust, Verizon Business has become the leading provider of managed information security services to large-business and government customers worldwide," said Kerry Bailey, vice president of Verizon Business Security Solutions.  "By once again passing our rigorous Security Management Program testing and earning the Cybertrust Enterprise Certification, Harland Clarke has demonstrated its commitment to employing strong security processes and technologies to help maintain a proactive and comprehensive information security program."

Harland Clarke's commitment to maintaining high information-security standards is the foundation upon which its business is built. This importance is further underscored by its long-standing relationship with Verizon Business. Harland Clarke relies on Verizon Business to provide security intelligence and expertise aligned with its business goals as well as actionable security recommendations and insights that empower the company to use security as a business differentiator.  Harland Clarke's Integrated Security Process reflects a comprehensive approach to security and is representative of its enterprisewide commitment.

Additional information about on Verizon Business' Security Management Program and the Cybertrust Certifications is available by visiting http://www.verizonbusiness.com/us/products/security/compliance/mgmt. To learn more about Harland Clarke, visit www.harlandclarke.com

About Harland Clarke Corp.
Harland Clarke Corp. is a leading provider of integrated payment solutions, marketing services and technology solutions. It serves approximately 15,000 financial institutions, as well as major investment firms, business-to-business clients, small businesses, and individual consumers. With its corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, and a regional headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, Harland Clarke employs approximately 5,800 people and has manufacturing facilities nationwide. Harland Clarke Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., which also is the parent company of Harland Financial Solutions Inc. and Scantron Corporation. Harland Clarke Holdings Corp. is wholly owned by M&F Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:MFW).

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large-business and government customers worldwide.  Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced communications, security and other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.

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Media Contact:

Brianna Carroll Boyle, Verizon Business, 703-886-7093
Donna Hinkelman, Harland Clarke, 210-694-1034

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