Virtual Branch Disaster Recovery

Keep Your Credit Union Running During a Disaster

How confident are you that your current disaster recovery plan will meet your objectives? Is your credit union keeping pace with regulatory and industry requirements regarding data availability? CU*Answers Network Services’ Virtual Branch provides a credit union a continuity plan that will provide a strategic and competitive advantage in an environment where you must plan for the unexpected, maintain operations and meet regulatory demands. Virtual Branch offers online credit unions a secure way to keep business open and functional during unexpected circumstances – saving you valuable recovery time and boosting membership confidence that their assets are in the right hands.

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Keep Your Credit Union Running

In the event of a disaster, credit unions remain operational with CU*Answers Network Services’ Virtual Branch. CU*Answers Network Services provides clients with the ability to log into their virtual credit union and securely connect back to the network over any high speed internet connection. With Virtual Branch, you don’t need a 3rd party hot-site or other traditional disaster recovery arrangements. Virtual Branch not only provides access to core data processing applications, but also other essential network resources, such as e-mail, files and electronic document repositories.

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Develop, Document and Implement a Business Continuity Program

CU*Answers Network Services professionals are on hand to help assist credit unions in creating a disaster recovery plan. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable with both current NCUA regulations and industry practices. We can help identify potential threats, assess their potential impact, assign priorities, and develop planned responses that will create a solid DR and business continuity solution. We know every credit union is different, which is why our solution is designed to develop a series of plans and procedures ensuring that the sustainability of critical processes to your business, partners, and customers are met.

Geographically Distinctive

In accordance with regulations and industry best practices, Virtual Branch provides a geographically distinctive, fully functional disaster recovery and business continuity solution, insulating your credit union from the affects of local or regional disasters.

24/7 Monitoring and Management

As part of Virtual Branch, CU*Answers Network Services provides constant monitoring of online credit unions’ critical information. We also provide an annual disaster recovery/business continuity report which includes review of the DR and business continuity plans, results and documentation of the annual DR test, and all information and services delivered from state of the art SAS 70 certified data centers.

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June 14, 2018

RESCHEDULED – A Note From the Help Desk: SonicWall Global Management System Maintenance

RESCHEDULED – A Note From the Help Desk: SonicWall Global Management System Maintenance

ATTENTION NETWORK SERVICES FIREWALL MANAGEMENT CLIENTS Originally scheduled for Sunday, March 14th from 12:00 PM to Midnight ET, this maintenance has been rescheduled and will occur tonight, February 24th, from 11:00 PM to 8:00 AM ET. SonicWALL Global Management System Maintenance What Are We Doing? We will be upgrading the Sonicwall Global Management System (SGMS)…. Read more »

Feb 24, 2021

A Note from Network Services: Patching Completed for the Recent UNIX and Linux Sudo Vulnerability

A Note from Network Services: Patching Completed for the Recent UNIX and Linux Sudo Vulnerability

On Tuesday, January 26, a vulnerability was announced which affected UNIX and Linux operation systems running Sudo versions prior to 1.9.5p2.  This vulnerability affected user privilege management services.  For further details on this, please refer to our previous announcement. We have patched all CU*Answers and client servers affected by this vulnerability.  Guapples, which are not… Read more »

Jan 29, 2021

A Note from Network Services on the Recent UNIX and Linux Sudo Vulnerability

A Note from Network Services on the Recent UNIX and Linux Sudo Vulnerability

Yesterday, January 26, a vulnerability was announced affecting UNIX and Linux operating systems running Sudo versions prior to 1.9.5p2.  This vulnerability affects user privilege management services. Initial reports indicate this vulnerability is difficult to exploit remotely, and there is no evidence this vulnerability has been used to attack any systems managed by CU*Answers.  As with… Read more »

Jan 27, 2021

AdvantageCIO launches merger technology planning service

AdvantageCIO, a division of CU*Answers, recently announced it has launched a new credit union merger technology planning service to guide executives through the challenges of combining disparate networks into one secure and cost-effective combined network. The service reviews existing network configurations at both credit unions, inventories equipment and communications, identifies areas for optimization, and provides […]

Jan 22, 2021

A Note from Network Services: A Follow Up on the Recent Orion SolarWinds Vulnerability

A Note from Network Services: A Follow Up on the Recent Orion SolarWinds Vulnerability

Many of our clients continue to be pressured by state and federal regulators regarding the Orion SolarWinds breach, and have asked CU*Answers for additional clarification regarding our process since announcement of the attack.  As you may recall, CU*Answers announced on December 16 that we do not use Orion SolarWinds and are not directly affected by… Read more »

Jan 5, 2021

Have a question for CU*Answers? Who do you call?

Have a question for CU*Answers?  Who do you call?

At CU*Answers, we know how important it is that your Credit Union gets the appropriate help in order to meet your day-to-day data processing needs.  When you don’t know exactly who to call, we recommend that you get started by reaching out to either the Client Services and Education Team or the Network Services Team…. Read more »

Jan 5, 2021

A Note From the Help Desk: SonicWall Global Management System Maintenance

A Note From the Help Desk: SonicWall Global Management System Maintenance

ATTENTION NETWORK SERVICES FIREWALL MANAGEMENT CLIENTS SonicWALL Global Management System Maintenance What Are We Doing? We will be performing an upgrade to the platform that manages and reports on firewall and remote access activity, the SonicWall Global Management System (SGMS). Why Are We Doing This? We are performing this upgrade to ensure the continued reliable… Read more »

Dec 30, 2020

A Note From the Help Desk: SGMS Firewall Management

A Note From the Help Desk: SGMS Firewall Management

ATTENTION NETWORK SERVICES FIREWALL MANAGEMENT CLIENTS SGMS Firewall Management What Happened? On December 13th, we performed an upgrade of the Sonicwall Global Management System (SGMS).  Following this upgrade, it was discovered that the task execution functionality was not working properly. How Will This Impact You? Options for logging and reporting were not impacted by the… Read more »

Dec 17, 2020

A Note from Network Services Regarding the Recent Orion SolarWinds Vulnerability

A Note from Network Services Regarding the Recent Orion SolarWinds Vulnerability

CU*Answers has received inquiries from clients regarding the much-publicized Orion SolarWinds vulnerability, and the risk this potential breach may present across the cooperative.  CU*Answers does not use or manage the Orion SolarWinds product internally or at any client sites.  If your credit union is affected by the Orion SolarWinds vulnerability, we recommend taking steps provided… Read more »

Dec 16, 2020

A Note From the Help Desk: SonicWall Global Management System Maintenance

A Note From the Help Desk: SonicWall Global Management System Maintenance

ATTENTION NETWORK SERVICES FIREWALL MANAGEMENT CLIENTS SonicWALL Global Management System Maintenance What Are We Doing? We will be performing an upgrade to the platform that manages and reports on firewall and remote access activity, the SonicWall Global Management System (SGMS). Why Are We Doing This? We are performing this upgrade to ensure the continued reliable… Read more »

Dec 4, 2020