Desjardins Supports the Information Security Awareness Campaign

    This is another opportunity for Desjardins to remind its members and
    clients about the efforts it deploys to protect their confidential
    information on the Internet.

    MONTREAL, Oct. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group, the largest financial
institution in Quebec, is happy to team up with the Quebec Government and many
partners within the context of the Information Security Awareness Campaign and
the protection of confidential information on the Internet - 2008 Edition.
    Until mid-November, the websites of various Desjardins Group components
will constantly remind visitors about the importance of basic security rules
that must be followed to surf responsibly and avoid any inconvenience stemming
from identity theft, for example.
    "For Desjardins, there is no doubt that this collective awareness
represents a winning initiative for Quebeckers in general, and more
specifically Quebec's Internet users. This partnership, occurring within the
context of the Québec-wide campaign, is clear proof that we must all take
identity theft very seriously," stated Louis-Daniel Gauvin, Senior
Vice-President, Integrated Risk Management of Desjardins Group.
    This event is an additional opportunity for the cooperative financial
institution to promote to its members, clients and employees the proper
approach to use on the Internet in order to protect their confidential
    "Being a financial institution, our business relationships are based
first and foremost on the trust of our 5.8 million members," stated Mr.
Gauvin. "That is why we are implementing every measure possible to ensure they
have one of the most secure environments available when surfing on our sites."
    In addition to this campaign, Desjardins has already been taking many
precautions for quite some time to ensure the security of its members and
clients and to protect the integrity of their data. These various measures can
be found in the section Online security of its website This
page is more than an information section; it is also an awareness and
educational tool about Internet fraud.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of nearly $152 billion, as at June 30, 2008. It comprises
a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec and
Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general insurance,
securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of which are
active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 40,000 employees
and the commitment of more than 6,500 elected officers, Desjardins offers its
5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full range of
financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult

For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Nathalie Genest,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7275,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275,

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