Network Availability

The key link responsible for connecting and delivering CU*BASE/GOLD to all of the 200+ in-network credit unions nation-wide is the CU*Answers private Wide Area Network (WAN) consisting of redundant technology paths traversing multiple service providers. By combining both MPLS and Internet VPN technologies with auto-failover capabilities, data communication disruptions are minimized with the added benefit of performance at a reasonable cost.  Orchestrating a complex, highly available data communications network requires cooperation and coordination between the CUSO, credit union IT departments, and multiple third party service providers.

Network availability

 

Network availability is managed and monitored by CU*Answers Network Services at both the primary and secondary datacenters.

Data Encryption

Keeping member data secure is our highest priority. Not only is network traffic encrypted between networks over a secure router-to-router tunnel, data for each GOLD session is also encryption end-to-end, from the client all the way to the host.

Contact your CU*Answers Network Services associate for more information regarding CU*BASE data encryption.

Third Party EFT Vendor Network

The term “third party” implies that there is a third point of communications required to complete the B2B service transaction (credit union to CUSO to vendor). For critical services that client credit unions depend on for daily operations, it is in their best interest that they become familiar with the continuity and recovery plans for each party involved. Knowing what to expect in the event of a service disruption helps credit unions to plan accordingly.

CU*Answers has partnered with several EFT service providers (i.e. shared branching and ATM/Debit/Credit card processing) to enhance the availability of the EFT network at both the primary and secondary production datacenters through redundant data communication lines with auto-failover capabilities. CU*Answers is committed to network availability and will continue to pursue similar projects with all remaining vendors who to date have opted not to invest in redundant communication capabilities. Recovery procedures for these EFT vendors include client credit unions operating according to their “stand-in” processing arrangements until vendor connectivity is restored.

Contact your CU*Answers Network Services associate for more information regarding third-party EFT vendor networks.

For the Credit Union

Depending on the number of physical sites within your credit union, the amount of network traffic (bandwidth) required, and technology options available at each branch, multiple configurations for connectivity exist that help reduce the dependency on the main office by each branch location.  We recommend that network configurations with redundant lines are tested (failover) regularly to ensure connectivity during a service disruption.

For more information, see the Resilient Credit Union

Next Steps

CU*Answers offers professional and managed services to help you meet and exceed your recovery objectives. Contact a CU*Answers Continuity Consultant today to discover in-network solutions that best meet 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
August 7, 2015

[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

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

HA Rollover Results Now Available Rollover: September 23 – 26 Now available for your review is a summary of the recent HA (high-availability) rollover event, performed May 20 – 23.  In the report, you will find details about the exercise and hardware upgrades, including challenges observed, lessons learned, and recommendations for improving the rollover process…. Read more »

Oct 26, 2018

Workplace Violence/Active Shooter

In today’s workplace, an act of violence/active shooter event is 18 times more likely than a fire according to the Department of Justice. What?!?! That is startling. What does that mean for me, for my organization? Well, it means that an active shooter situation is now a recognized hazard per OSHA and companies are realizing… Read more »

Sep 28, 2018

CU*BASE HA Rollback Updates for September 26

CU*BASE HA Rollback Updates for September 26

Remember that we will be rolling back late Wednesday evening, September 26.  Make sure someone is at your branches early the morning of Thursday, September 27 to check the connections before members start to arrive! Even if everything went smoothly for you earlier this week, when three different environments have to work together (yours, ours,… Read more »

Sep 26, 2018

CU*BASE HA Rollover Updates for September 23

CU*BASE HA Rollover Updates for September 23

We will be posting any/all issues related to the September 23rd HA Rollover event to the CU*BASE Alerts page, compiled into a single alert located here.  We will not be sending out any emails regarding individual issues for the HA Rollover.  If you encounter any issues between Sunday, September 23rd and Monday September 24th, please… Read more »

Sep 21, 2018

[The Pulse] Reminder: HA Rollover Scheduled for September 23-26

[The Pulse] Reminder: HA Rollover Scheduled for September 23-26

High Availability Rollover Scheduled Sunday, September 23 – Wednesday, September 26   During this rollover event, we will redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our primary production data center to systems at our high-availability (HA) data center. The rollover process will begin at 10:00 PM ET on Sunday, September 23. We will continue providing live production of… Read more »

Sep 18, 2018

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Scheduled for September 23-26

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Scheduled for September 23-26

High Availability Rollover Scheduled Sunday, September 23 – Wednesday, September 26   During this rollover event, we will redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our primary production data center to systems at our high-availability (HA) data center. The rollover process will begin at 10:00 PM ET on Sunday, September 23. We will continue providing live production of… Read more »

Sep 7, 2018