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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

ATM groups expand essential services

Encouraged by a March 19, 2020, memo from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designating ATM owners, operators and service providers as part of the Critical Infrastructure Workforce, leaders of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) and the National ATM Council Inc. (NAC) immediately began collaborating with their members, sponsors and stakeholders to not only maintain critical infrastructure during COVID-19, but also to expand access to their organizations' services and initiatives.

Homeland Security cited essential workers in the financial sector as: "Workers who are needed to provide consumer access to banking and lending services, including ATMs, and to move currency and payments (e.g., armored cash carriers)." Christopher Krebs, director at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, added that all CISA workers must maintain normal work schedules as our nation collectively navigates the current pandemic.

Krebs further noted that this community effort is part of "Homeland Security's responsibilities as assigned under the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide strategic guidance, promote a national unity of effort, and coordinate the overall federal effort to ensure the security and resilience of the Nation's critical infrastructure."

Reduced membership fees

On Aug. 27, ATMIA heralded a new membership level that provides regional associate-level benefits at a reduced price during the economic downturn. Sharon Lane, ATMIA global director, finance and member services, said the reduced rate will be effective until Dec. 31, 2020.

"Typically, we only extend a special membership offer once a year," Lane said. "But this is certainly not shaping up to be a 'typical' year and we wanted to do something special to provide extra support to members, just like we did during the financial crisis of 2008-2009."

While noting that membership dues fund the association's initiatives, committee work and advocacy, Lane said the limited time membership offer gives members access to volunteer-run committees, discounts to events, promotional opportunities and a range of exclusive benefits.

Mike Lee, ATMIA CEO, agreed that membership can help participants.

"We understand our industry's circumstances this year," he stated. "This new membership level will help businesses throughout the ATM industry to gain access to the connections, knowledge and advocacy that can help them survive and thrive as we slowly emerge from this pandemic together."

Virtual events

NAC revealed on Aug. 18 that its annual conference will take place online Oct. 27 to 29, 2020. "Despite our best efforts, and after waiting to see how the pandemic would unfold, there is sadly no way NAC can safely and securely gather ATM Nation together at Caesars Palace-Las Vegas in October as planned," said Bruce Renard, NAC's executive director. "But NAC2020 Virtual will feature the same excellent programming and expo hall experience that our members, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees have come to know and love."

Renard thanked NAC2020 sponsors for making the annual conference free to NAC members and available at a substantially discounted price for non-members. He urged members to register online to take advantage of complimentary event passes, which are in limited supply. Non-members can attend at $99 per person, he added. Additional information about the event can be found at www.natmc.org/attendee-registration .

ATMIA will also host a virtual conference this year. Titled "U.S. Security: Issues and Opportunities in ATM Operation," it will take place Sept 1 to 3. The online event will focus on the pandemic's effects on the ATM security landscape and how experts are combatting fraud. ATMIA members can register at reduced rates for this conference. Additional information about the new ATMIA membership level and upcoming events is available at www.atmia.com/membership/benefits or via email at membership@atmia.com . end of article

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