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Information Security Media Group (ISMG) Announces Restricted Article Access on & Has Been Lifted

Information Security Media Group (ISMG) announces that it has removed the login requirement to access articles on and

Princeton, NJ, December 03, 2008 --( Information Security Media Group (ISMG) announces that it has removed the login requirement to access articles on its two flagship finance vertical websites and

Both websites, which offer news and training content regarding risk management and information security targeting the finance industry, had required users to log in to access most of the content on those websites. Users, consisting primarily of senior management and executives responsible for security-related matters at their institution, have traditionally been required to complete a registration/login process to access content, including articles, on the ISMG websites. Registration is free and available to anyone who visits the websites.

But today ISMG has announced that it has removed login requirements to access article content on both and

“An unfortunate string of events impacting the economy and stemming from the finance industry has fortunately meant a strong influx of traffic on our banking-related websites,” commented Mike D’Agostino, Marketing Manager with ISMG. In a previously issued press release, ISMG revealed a definitive surge in traffic over the summer/fall and throughout the entire year of 2008.

“People, even those outside of our typical user-base, are interested in what’s going in the finance industry and what it means to the safety and soundness of their investments,” added Tom Field, Editorial Director for ISMG.

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The number of referrals from linking websites and the traffic coming from avenues outside of the direct marketing efforts of ISMG has increased dramatically since the spring of this past year. Incoming traffic from search engine referrals has also doubled and in some cases tripled over the past 6 months. Much of this traffic lands on article pages.

“If people are hungry for our editorial and article content then we do not want to impose in any way on people gaining access to that content,” added D’Agostino. “We have not seen in the past any negative comments about having users log in to gain access to article content; however, we feel we are taking a proactive stance by granting all users unrestricted access to the valuable content we offer.”

The new articles pages now include an easy-access subscription form, which allows visitors to quickly sign up to receive email alerts. Previously, visitors would have to create an account and go through a registration process in order to subscribe to news updates.

Because of recent news in the finance industry, and the creation of a “Banking Today” category on and to address this news, many new visitors from outside the core audience of the websites will land on article pages. These users may be accustomed to mass-media news and social networking websites where registration is not required to access articles and daily news items. D’Agostino remarked, “We’re sure we’ve had visitors on our site who are reluctant to share our article content with others whether it be forwarding a story to a co-worker or recommending an article on By allowing free access to this content we expect an even greater surge in traffic and overall acceptance.”

ISMG also offers content syndication for articles found on and, and those institutions utilizing this service will no longer have to deal with login and registration issues. and offer article content feeds in the form of website widgets, allowing bank and credit union websites to stay completely up-to-date with current information security and risk management news. Articles are updated dynamically, and can be placed on public websites, on account-holder specific portals, and also company intranets. For more information on content syndication feeds please contact Mike D’Agostino at

About ISMG:
With members representing over 13,000 financial institutions, and regular input from federal banking agency officers and their own board of advisors, ISMG delivers webinars and online training that is focused, timely and -- most important -- useful. Presented by actual practitioners and industry experts, each presentation (ranging from 90 minutes to two-plus hours) delivers how-to and practical information on the inner-workings of information security programs at financial institutions.

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