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Discover Financial Services Ranks Among Top 100 Workplaces For Information Technology Professionals

July 10, 2008

Computerworld's annual list based on work environment, benefits and employee survey

RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2008--Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) announced today that IDG's Computerworld has rated it as one of the Best Places to Work in IT for 2008. Discover has been on the list of the top workplaces for information technology professionals for the past six years.

"Discover works hard to provide career development options and useful training opportunities, because we believe strongly that a great working environment means much more than just good pay and benefits," said Diane Offereins, executive vice president and chief technology officer. "This honor underscores Discover's commitment to creating a rewarding atmosphere that provides meaningful work supported through teamwork, diversity and respect."

Since 1994, Computerworld's annual list has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, this year Computerworld surveyed more than 276 technology workers for the list, and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

"The competitive edge sought by the best and smartest companies is no longer information technology itself," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "After all, IT has permeated the business processes of almost every department of virtually every enterprise. The new competitive edge is finding and retaining the very best people to chart and implement your IT strategy."

The 15th annual ranking was published in the June 30 issue of Computerworld and online at Computerworld.com.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (www.computerworld.com), weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at www.idg.com. Note: All product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.

About Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a leading credit card issuer and electronic payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. The company operates the Discover Card, America's cash rewards pioneer. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. Its payments businesses consist of the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.

CONTACT: Discover Financial Services
Jon Drummond, 224-405-1888
jondrummond@discoverfinancial.com

SOURCE: Discover Financial Services