April 11, 2011 07:00 ET

Bank of North Carolina Introduces IronKey Trusted Access to Protect Commercial Customers From Online Cyber Thieves

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2011) - A staggering number of computers -- 25 percent according to the latest reports from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) -- are infected with banking Trojans such as ZeuS and SpyEye. Criminals are using this malicious software to take over online bank accounts and steal millions from businesses and municipalities. As a result, Bank of North Carolina, a $2.2 billion bank headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, is proactively moving to protect its business clients before criminals can strike. The bank is now offering IronKey Trusted Access for Banking to help keep clients safe when conducting banking online.

With Trusted Access, BNC is moving ahead of its competition to provide customers an online banking experience isolated from financial malware. Unlike other approaches that play the losing game of trying to detect financial malware before it strikes, Trusted Access separates users and their banking sessions from their potentially compromised desktop and applications. Following recommendations of NACHA (National Automated Clearinghouse Association) and the FBI, BNC will provide its clients a dedicated environment for online banking using Trusted Access.

"IronKey Trusted Access for Banking gives our commercial customers exactly what the FBI and NACHA are recommending -- a dedicated, secure and isolated environment for online banking that's incredibly easy to use," said Bob Huckabee, SVP and chief marketing officer for BNC. "Our goal is to offer all the advantages of the latest 'high tech' services, delivered with the same 'high touch' attitude you enjoy when you visit us in person. Trusted Access conveys the same levels of trust and confidence for online banking as our clients receive by visiting a Bank of North Carolina branch office."

Cyber criminals have become so effective at hijacking PCs used by businesses for online banking that the FBI and others recommend dedicating a computer strictly for this purpose. By offering IronKey Trusted Access, BNC Bank has taken an important step to protect its customers from these threats and delivers the highest form of security available.

According to Dave Jevans, IronKey's founder and chairman, "The problem facing banks today has been out of their control -- it's the customer's own PC. What makes these threats so dangerous is they go undetected even with up-to-date anti-virus software, firewalls and other software-based security," Jevans explained. "Bank of North Carolina is moving ahead of their competition by providing IronKey Trusted Access to clients. IronKey Trusted Access isolates online access to a safe, bank-managed environment that assumes a client's computer is infested with the worst possible malware. IronKey provides a dedicated environment, independent of the PC that protects online banking customers even if their PC has been compromised with financial malware, including keyboard loggers, man-in-the-browser or 'backconnect' Trojans."

With Trusted Access for Banking, users simply connect their Trusted Access USB device to automatically launch a protected, virtualized environment. The Trusted Access Browser starts at the bank-defined home page and users can only navigate to bank authorized sites. To protect users from ever-changing malware that can't be detected by anti-virus and other software, Trusted Access for Banking does not rely on potentially compromised and vulnerable applications on the user's host computer. A secure, encrypted connection to online banking is made through the IronKey Trusted Network to lock out man-in-the-middle and DNS attack. Advanced encrypted keyboard input protects users from keyloggers while entering authentication credentials and other sensitive data.

Please visit in North Carolina and in South Carolina or call 1-800-262-7175 to learn more about BNC's Trusted Access offering. More product information about IronKey's Trusted Access for Banking is available online.

"Protecting Online Banking Customers from Evolving Cyber Crime Threats," a 20-minute online webcast from IronKey, can help you understand the risks facing anyone using a PC for online banking and why anti-virus software and firewalls and other conventional safeguards are not able to stop these attacks. The webcast explains the latest bank phishing attacks, the ZeuS Trojan and SpyEye, the "mule" economy and dozens of other topics relevant to understanding and fighting this serious crime wave.

About BNC Bank
Bank of North Carolina is a $2.2 billion commercial bank providing a complete line of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses through full-service banking offices located in the cities of Raleigh, Thomasville, High Point, Salisbury, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Archdale, Lexington, Kernersville, Concord, Harrisburg, Welcome and Oak Ridge, North Carolina. In South Carolina, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Pawley's Island and Hilton Head doing business as BNC Bank.

In addition, Bank of North Carolina operates full service offices through non-traditional banking facilities in Charlotte & Mooresville, North Carolina. Bank of North Carolina is insured by the FDIC and is an equal housing lender.

BNC Bancorp is the parent company of Bank of North Carolina. BNC Bancorp's stock is quoted in the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "BNCN."

About IronKey
IronKey provides essential security products for mobile and remote workers. IronKey solutions protect remote workers from the threats of data loss, compromise of passwords, and computers infected by malicious software and crimeware. IronKey multi-function devices connect to a computer's USB port and are easy to manage with the IronKey management service. This allows users to securely carry sensitive corporate data, strongly authenticate to VPNs and corporate networks and isolate remote workers from malicious software and crimeware. IronKey customers include Fortune 500 companies, healthcare providers, financial institutions and government agencies around the world.

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