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

Reminder: Network Maintenance Scheduled for this Weekend, September 18 & 19

Reminder: Network Maintenance Scheduled for this Weekend, September 18 & 19

As previously announced, CU*Answers will be performing planned Network Maintenance from 11:00 PM ET on Saturday, September 18th until 6:00 AM ET on Sunday, September 19th.  During that time, teams will be taking steps to upgrade the firmware on all core network switch appliances that connect systems at the primary production center in Kentwood, MI…. Read more »

Sep 14, 2021

Rollover Event This Weekend – Updates to be Posted on CU*BASE Alerts Page

Rollover Event This Weekend – Updates to be Posted on CU*BASE Alerts Page

Don’t forget: this weekend, we will be testing our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center to our high-availability (HA) data center.  The rollover will begin at 3:00 AM ET on Sunday, September 12th with the rollback scheduled for 3:00 AM ET on Sunday, September 26th. During the rollover process, there will… Read more »

Sep 10, 2021

Maintenance Period Scheduled for September 18 & 19, During Upcoming HA Rollover

Maintenance Period Scheduled for September 18 & 19, During Upcoming HA Rollover

As previously announced, CU*Answers will be performing our next high-availability (HA) rollover from Sunday, September 12th to Sunday, September 26th.  A two-week HA rollover has been scheduled so that network maintenance can be performed at the primary data center without impacting CU*BASE. *Please note that Custom Training Edition (CTE) services will not be available during… Read more »

Sep 9, 2021

Reminder: The Next HA Rollover is Coming September 12th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

Reminder: The Next HA Rollover is Coming September 12th – 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 to our high-availability (HA) data center.  The next HA rollover is scheduled for Sunday, September 12th. This rollover will occur over a two-week period, enabling support teams to perform planned network maintenance at the primary production data center without… Read more »

Sep 2, 2021

Reminder: The Next HA Rollover is Coming September 12th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

Reminder: The Next HA Rollover is Coming September 12th – 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 to our high-availability (HA) data center.  The next HA rollover is scheduled for Sunday, September 12th. This rollover will occur over a two-week period, enabling support teams to perform planned network maintenance at the primary production data center without… Read more »

Aug 24, 2021

The Next HA Rollover is Coming September 12th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

The Next HA Rollover is Coming September 12th – 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 to our high-availability (HA) data center.  The next HA rollover is scheduled for Sunday, September 12th. This rollover will occur over a two-week period, enabling support teams to perform planned network maintenance at the primary production data center without… Read more »

Aug 13, 2021

[The Pulse] 2021 Business Continuity Plan (mid-year revision) Now Available

[The Pulse] 2021 Business Continuity Plan (mid-year revision) 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 tested plan. We’ve recently updated the 2021 CU*Answers Business… Read more »

Jul 29, 2021

[The Pulse] 2021 Disaster Recovery Test Results Now Available

[The Pulse] 2021 Disaster Recovery Test Results Now Available

2021 Disaster Recovery Test Results Now Available Test Period: June 14 – July 1 Now available for your review is a summary of the recent ‘bare metal’ disaster recovery test performed by teams at CU*Answers to restore CU*BASE from tape backup.  In this report, you will find details about the exercise, including challenges observed, lessons… Read more »

Jul 20, 2021

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

HA Rollover Results Now Available Rollover: April 18 – May 9 Now available for your review is a summary of the recent CU*Answers HA (high-availability) rollover event performed April 18th to May 9th 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 »

May 20, 2021