The OGO Blog

Preparing For A Pandemic (COVID-19)

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. This is having massive reproductions for citizens as local and national governments are issuing strong recommendations.…

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Pandemic Scenario: a staff member suspects they are infected

At the beginning of this pandemic, you most likely issued a memo to your employees. Your sample communication may have looked like the below. We have bolded the most important part regarding employees who fall ill.   SAMPLE COMMUNICATIONMEMO TO EMPLOYEES Memo: Coronavirus and Flu Prevention To: All Employees From: Your Credit Union The world…

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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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March 2020: Credit Union Cybersecurity Tip from the OGO CISO Office – Coronavirus phishing emails: How to protect against COVID-19 scams

The plethora of news coverage surrounding the new coronavirus has created a new danger — phishing attacks looking to exploit public fears about the virus. These phishing attacks are on the rise. Pandemics and health scares of this magnitude are a dream for malicious actors. Ongoing Operations recommends that you share a communication with your…

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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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Is pandemic planning a pain or a blessing in disguise?

There is a plethora of information in the news about the Cornavirus (COVID-19). You cannot turn on the news or open a website without hearing about it, and rightly so. The COVID-19 outbreak is a serious situation with serious repercussions. The virus has taken the lives of over 2,000 people around the globe. So where…

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How Much Does CISO as a Service Cost?

The world is unfortunately short on cyber security experts. Finding, retaining, and affording senior-level security talent is difficult. Consequently, many credit unions are turning to CISO as a Service models to meet their security needs. The service model—essentially a rent-a-CISO—provides all the benefits of an in-house CISO. However, the service model drastically reduces overhead. But…

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How to do a Credit Union Pandemic Tabletop Exercise

I like to refer to a tabletop exercise as the practice for the big game. As everyone who understands sports knows, teams do not just show up for the game and expect to play and execute each position’s role and responsibilities flawlessly, let alone win. Proper preparation is essential. And, as part of the preparation…

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What Does Migration to Office 365 Look Like?

No two credit unions are exactly alike. So, migration to Office 365 looks a little different for each credit union. However, there are still several general steps that remain the same through any migration. In this blog, we’ll look at a few of the most common phases of migration to Office 365 for credit unions.…

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