RMA to Offer Operational Risk & Corporate Governance Solution to its Member Banks on an Online Subscription Basis

RMA will offer OpRisk Tools to its member institutions on a subscription basis later this year. It will help them to capture and manage operational risk data and corporate governance initiatives.

Philadelphia, Pa. (March 28, 2005)—The Risk Management Association (RMA)
announced today that it will offer a comprehensive and affordable online
risk management service specifically designed to help its small and medium-sized member institutions manage their operational risks and controls. RMA OpRisk Tools will be a subscription-based online service that will cover all elements of operational risk, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

RMA has selected Centerprise Services of Purchase, New York, as its core
solution provider for its OpRisk Tools initiative. Centerprise is a software vendor focused on risk management and control solutions for the financial services industry, with a particular focus on operational risk and governance solutions.

Subscriptions to the Web-based solution will be available both for the
whole suite or individual modules. The modules will include Risk Control
Self Assessment, Sarbanes-Oxley, Issues & Action Plans, Loss Event Management, Key Risk Indicators and others. It will also include a Knowledge delivery and a library of key risk indicators. RMA is offering OpRisk Tools as an affordable and effective substitute for risk consultants and procedures manuals. A pilot user group is now testing OpRisk Tools; it will be offered to the RMA’s general membership in the third quarter of 2005.

RMA Director of Operational Risk Charles Taylor said, "RMA is strongly committed to helping its member institutions build a culture of operational risk management and implement effective practices and procedures. Our OpRisk Tools is an exciting new vehicle to further promote our main mission – promoting sound risk principles and an enterprise-wide approach to risk management."

"We are delighted to be working with Centerprise on delivering a robust
yet very affordable risk management solution to our members", said
Taylor. "Centerprise has both the functionality and underlying architecture to support the online subscription model that best meets the needs of our members."

Reto Tuffli, CEO of Centerprise, noted that smaller banks face considerable challenges and costs to address op risk and meet Sarbanes-Oxley and related requirements. "This offering is an ideal delivery model for bringing value to the RMA’s small and medium-sized members," he said. "We are naturally very pleased to be working together with this respected industry association to make the service a reality."

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