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

What to do When Plan B Fails

The 2019 Polar Vortex and extreme winter weather with wide spread power outages throughout the Great Lakes area put many organization’s recovery plan to the test, including ours at CU*Answers. You develop and plan for interruptions, but what do you do when Plan B is not enough; when Plan B fails? Our primary data center… Read more »

Mar 22, 2019

[The Pulse] Emergency HA Rollover Results Now Available

[The Pulse] Emergency HA Rollover Results Now Available

HA Rollover Results Now Available Rollover: February 8 – 17 Now available for your review is a summary of the recent HA (high-availability) rollover event, performed February 8 – 17.  In the report, you will find details about the rollover and recovery effort, including challenges observed, lessons learned, and recommendations for improving the rollover process…. Read more »

Feb 22, 2019

[The Pulse] 2019 Business Continuity Plan Now Available

[The Pulse] 2019 Business Continuity Plan Now Available

CU*Answers Business Continuity Plan: 2019 Release Now Available   As your core data processor, we continue to invest in high availability and recovery strategies to ensure that the products and services you count on us for are there when you need them. Implementing those strategies and responding when uncertainty happens requires a well-designed and thoroughly… Read more »

Jan 25, 2019

CU*Answers holds 7th annual Continuity Awareness Day

On January 23, 2019, CU*Answers held its 7th annual corporate “Continuity Awareness Day”. This annual event is an essential component of their business continuity and incident response awareness program. “Launching our awareness campaign each January sets the tone for the remainder of the year,” said Jim Lawrence, vice president of Business Continuity. “It sends the […]

Jan 25, 2019

Let Us Help Design Your Business Continuity Awareness and Training Plan!

Let Us Help Design Your Business Continuity Awareness and Training Plan!

A credit union can invest in the latest technology, write a comprehensive recovery plan, and check all of the compliance boxes, but if effective response and recovery is not a normal part of the day-to-day activities and embedded in the corporate culture, business disruptions will catch you by surprise, last longer than they should, and… Read more »

Jan 8, 2019

[The Pulse] 2018 Statement Printing Recovery Test Results Available

[The Pulse] 2018 Statement Printing Recovery Test Results Available

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNIONS: 2018 Statement Printing Recovery Test Results Available At CU*Answers, we take our Business Continuity Program very seriously. We work extremely hard to design and develop the tools you need to best serve your members and succeed in the marketplace. And we work even harder to make sure that those… Read more »

Nov 29, 2018

Let CU*Answers Help Design Your Business Continuity Plan!

Let CU*Answers Help Design Your Business Continuity Plan!

The CU*Answers Business Continuity Team continues to invest in high availability and recovery strategies to ensure that the products and services you count on us for are available when you need them. Implementing strategies and responding when uncertainty happens requires a well-designed and thoroughly tested plan, helping you to continue serving your members, even when… Read more »

Nov 15, 2018