Business Continuity and Technology Solutions
Ongoing Operations began as an idea among credit union executives in the Washington, D.C., region after Sept. 11, 2001. With many credit unions located in government buildings, the need to continue to provide member service despite severe security restrictions inspired Ongoing Operations to create a suite of business continuity solutions. Today the company serves hundreds of credit unions nationwide.
Ongoing Operations' planning services integrate the business impact analysis, plan development, maintenance, testing and hosting into a total solution. Workspace solutions (dedicated or shared) are also available to help operations continue should credit union facilities become inaccessible.
Ongoing Operations associates facilitate a series of meetings with key credit union staff to document and begin building a business continuity plan. The process covers the following areas:
Once the plan is developed and approved, it is made available through the CU Recover hosting platform. This platform consists of a redundant and secure website where the plan can be maintained and monitored. The plan integrates with most Microsoft Office functionality and makes meeting NCUA requirements easy.
The CU Recover program offers credit unions the tools to plan for, respond to, and recover from a disaster or other business interruption. Ongoing Operations’ full range of workspace solutions provide a place for employees to go in the event of a disaster.
Ongoing Operations takes the time to understand your needs and recommend solutions to address your unique challenges. Its mission is to find unique ways to solve business continuity and technology challenges for credit unions while increasing efficiency, productivity and enhancing member service. Through the alliance with CUNA Strategic Services, Ongoing Operations offers a 15% discount on CU Recover, workspace, Connector, Replicator, telecom, and DDoS Mitigator to new clients.
Telecom: Your telecom provider should help you grow your business, not slow it. Ongoing Operations has taken a new approach to telecom by creating a more resilient, scalable and secure platform with better redundancy. This platform offers you improved performance at a significant savings.
Connector: Ongoing Operations offers a cost effective recovery service for third-party connections such as ATM switch providers, online banking, credit card providers, and shared branching. Connector enables you to recover connectivity quickly, often within minutes or hours. Connections to virtually all third-party providers in the industry are maintained permanently and tested daily or weekly.
Replicator: In the event you lose one of your servers, Replicator can stand in as a failover server within minutes, keeping you running and connected with current data. It provides business continuity protection for Windows servers by acting as both a failover server and a backup/recovery device. Replicator is provided as a service and includes fully managed backups, offsite data transfer, monitoring, annual disaster recovery testing, and managed recovery.
DDoS Mitigator: According to the NCUA, "The increasing frequency of cyber-terror attacks on depository institutions heightens the need for credit unions to maintain strong information security protocols." The DDoS Mitigator guards against distributed denial-of-service attacks with multiple scrubbing technologies, two minute mitigation, monitoring, reporting for early detection, 400 GB failover connectivity, and Layers 3-7 (IP Stack) protection.