DR/BR Consulting Services

In a constantly changing and ever increasing complex business and IT environment, unplanned disruptions can be costly, resulting in financial losses, member dissatisfaction and regulatory compliance issues. Countering these risks and creating the resilience a business must have to remain competitive requires more than a stand-alone disaster recovery plan. A comprehensive Business Continuity Management (BCM) program is the tool of choice designed to address those risks and vulnerabilities, measure their impact on critical business functions, ad develop strategies and procedures to mitigate them and restore functions as quickly as possible in the event of a disruption.

What We Do

Whether your requirements call for the development of a new recovery plan or program or to improve an existing one, our goal is still the same: to quickly and effectively ensure your organization is prepared for a disruptions, while also setting the foundation for a long-term continuity program that adapts to your changing needs in both business and technology.

The same talent, skills and expertise used to safeguard core-processing for the CU*Answers network is available to your organization. Our experience in the credit union industry will help guide your program so that it properly measures up to regulatory requirements (NCUA, FFIEC, etc.), standards and guidelines, peers in the industry, and professional best practices. To accomplish this, we offer the right mix of professional services organized into three categories:

  1. Planning and Consulting (needs assessment and designing the roadmap)
  2. Design and Development (gathering the information and writing the plan)
  3. Implementation and Coordination (training staff and testing the plan)
Professional Services

 

A “one-size-fits-all” approach is not realistic or cost-effective. An initial consultation to identify the objectives and scope of the engagement will help us build a custom blend of services to best meet your specific needs. Affordable solutions are available ranging from high-level planning and consulting engagements, to plan health checks and full program development and implementations.

Next Steps

Contact a certified CU*Answers Continuity Consultant today to custom design an engagement that best meets your business objectives.

 

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Professional Services available include:

  • Business Continuity Planning and Resilience Testing
  • Information Security Risk Assessment
  • Comprehensive Information Security Program (CISP)
  • Staff Security Training
  • IT Examination and Audit Preparation
  • IT Strategy Consulting
CU*Answers Network Services

Managed Services available include:

  • Network Management and Monitoring
  • Continuous Data Protection (CDP) including off-site data storage
  • Virtual Branch / Virtual Office
Updated
May 17, 2018

CUSO partners working together to defend against cyber attacks

On June 22, 2022, speakers from CU*Answers were invited to participate in the annual CU*NorthWest Leadership Conference held this year in Spokane, WA to discuss services available to assist credit unions in daily network management and information security compliance. One such presentation, titled “Future Technology Advancements Require Modern Cybersecurity Measures”, focused on today’s emerging cyber […]

Jul 1, 2022

Reminder: The Next HA Rollover is Coming July 10th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

Reminder: The Next HA Rollover is Coming July 10th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

Twice each year, CU*Answers tests our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center in Kentwood, MI to our high-availability (HA) data center in Yankton, SD.  The next HA rollover is scheduled for Sunday, July 10th. As announced at this year’s Leadership Conference, this rollover will occur over a two-week period to accommodate… Read more »

Jun 27, 2022

Generating Business Continuity at CU*Answers

As severe weather season approaches, response and recovery teams at CU*Answers, a credit-union-owned CUSO and core processor, conduct regular training exercises to practice mobilizing a portable generator at one of three data centers, in the event of a hardware failure with the stationary generator. “Hand-on experience with transporting, staging, and starting generators is imperative to […]

Jun 20, 2022

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the HA Rollover Process!

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the HA Rollover Process!

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the CU*Answers High-Availability (HA) Rollover exercise?  Join our 30-minute webinar for a closer look into the process and learn about the ongoing investments we are making to strengthen the resilience of the CU*BASE core processing platform! During this session, the Business Continuity Team will… Read more »

Jun 20, 2022

The Next HA Rollover is Coming July 10th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

The Next HA Rollover is Coming July 10th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

Twice each year, CU*Answers tests our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center in Kentwood, MI to our high-availability (HA) data center in Yankton, SD.  The next HA rollover is scheduled for Sunday, July 10th. As announced at this year’s Leadership Conference, this rollover will occur over a two-week period to accommodate… Read more »

Jun 20, 2022

CUSO partners working together to serve the cuasterisk.com network

On April 12, 2022, speakers from CU*Answers were invited to participate in the annual CU*SOUTH Visionary Conference, held this year in Pensacola Beach, FL to discuss services available to assist credit unions in daily network management and information security compliance. True to the collaborative nature of the cuasterisk.com network, partners combine resources, knowledge, and experience […]

Apr 28, 2022

[The Pulse] Item Processing Services 2022 Recovery Test: Report Now Available

[The Pulse] Item Processing Services 2022 Recovery Test: Report Now Available

Item Processing Services 2022 Recovery Test: Report Now Available   For those credit unions who currently use CU*Answers for Electronic Check Processing (ECP), this report is for you.  During the week of March 7th, 2022, teams at CU*Answers completed the annual recovery test by restoring the CheckLogic environment and performing daily check processing operations from… Read more »

Mar 29, 2022

Report published detailing recent dark data center test by CU*Answers

On February 24, 2022, CU*Answers published the availability of the gap analysis report detailing the results of a Dark Data Center test as part of a remodel project to upgrade the Emergency Power Off (EPO) safety system. Prior to the power interruption at the production data center, member-facing core-processing applications including online and mobile banking […]

Feb 25, 2022

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

HA Rollover Results Now Available HA Rollover: February 6 – 13 Now available for your review is a summary of the recent CU*Answers HA (high availability) rollover event performed February 6th to 13th for the CU*BASE core processing environment.  In this report, you will find details about the exercise, including challenges observed, lessons learned, and… Read more »

Feb 24, 2022

Reminder: HA Rollback This Weekend

Reminder: HA Rollback This Weekend

This is a reminder of the high-availability rollback event that will be occurring this weekend.  The rollback process will begin Sunday, February 13th at 2:00 AM ET. During this time, there will be a period of approximately 60 to 90 minutes that will include an interruption to the following services: CU*BASE/GOLD, CU*Talk audio response and… Read more »

Feb 11, 2022