The OGO Blog

3 Tips to Maintain Business Continuity Plans

How can you make time to maintain the business continuity plan for your credit union? Here are three tips to ensure continued operations—no matter what. When people put plans in place, they often assume that’s it! They’re done! But unfortunately, that’s not how business continuity planning works. Technologies change. Business practices evolve. Staff churns. Plans…

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How To Reopen Credit Union Branches

It’s been a weird couple of months for us. We can all agree on that. Here in Oregon, it has been about 5 weeks since we were first quarantined.  At first, we saw schools close, then restaurants, then bank branches etc. Each wave occurred quick and decisively and credit unions were forced to react quickly.…

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Disaster Recovery Test vs. Disaster Recovery Exercise

If you are the type of person who believes things like your building burning down or planes falling out of the sky never happen – then don’t bother reading this post. If however, you see it is a key part of your job to plan for the worst – even though it probably won’t happen – read on.

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How Is Business Continuity Priced?

Have you ever wondered how much credit unions spend on business continuity and disaster recovery? How about how the pricing is determined? Do you wonder what the TCO (total cost of ownership) is when you are looking at different providers? The reality is, these are difficult questions to answer. Why, you ask? Well, there are…

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Ten New Ideas to Help Your Credit Union Handle COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is escalating quickly, both nationally and abroad. At Ongoing Operations, we’re seeing the challenges that credit unions are facing—and we’re getting ideas about how to fix them. Now that COVID-19 is officially a global pandemic, businesses and entire industries are taking precautions. Schools are closed, events are canceled, and some cities…

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Remote Access VPN Best Practices

Allowing your employees to work from home has never been more important. With the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, one of the key strategies for US Based business and credit unions is to allow employees to work remotely. But, what if you have never been in favor of this policy…

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5 Ways to Test IT Disaster Recovery Plans

While writing a Disaster Recovery Plan is important, testing and exercising your plan is actually far more important. In our experience, there are really only two things that you are trying to accomplish with Disaster Recovery Testing. First, building the muscle memory. This is for the management team to remember they have a plan and…

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What does your Credit Union need to know about the Coronavirus?

Maybe you remember the avian flu from a few years ago. Maybe you don’t. Either way, with another Coronavirus outbreak in China, several thousand people have been infected and a number have died. This is a good time to review your credit union’s pandemic plan and to educate yourself on the current Coronavirus. Here is…

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