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Top 5 Disaster Recovery Testing Best Practices

In a recent abstract, the  Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce reports that nearly 60% of US enterprises don’t have IT disaster recovery plans. In their study of 154 financial institutions in the United States they found that it wasn’t the size of the institution or the IT budget that determined success, but instead the testing and documentation of their recovery processes.
According to Journal’s study, firms that are considered well-prepared have conducted IT service analysis, provided employee training, selected methods of IT disaster identification and notification, defined backup procedures, determined offsite storage locations, determined recovery procedures, and performed ongoing maintenance.
The following best practices for IT disaster recovery testing can help you prepare for the worst so you are ready to spring into action should disaster strike:
1. Test from your planned backup location, whenever possible. Should your branch be decimated by tornado, flood, or other event your staff must be able to resume business at your alternate site. Enrolled Recovery Solutions clients have access to our mobile banking facility and conduct a “live site” test just as they would in the event of an actual disaster.
2. Include all essential staff members and backup personnel. Should staff members be unable to perform actual disaster recovery efforts, it’s imperative that their roles are covered. Document all duties and responsibilities accordingly. Should pandemic or severe weather render key personnel unable to perform their duties, ensuring you have staff who are competent to step in will be critical to business resumption.
3. Test all critical applications. The FFIEC mandates that testing documentation indicates that your institution can perform all necessary business transactions in the event of disaster. This includes independent communications to your core service provider.
4. Have your testing independently reviewed by a qualified third party. Doing so helps identify gaps so you can create a list of items to correct prior to your next test.
5. Test regularly. The FFIEC requires annual testing. However you may need to test more often. Software updates, personnel changes and other regular business modifications may mean additional tests and changes to documentation.
IT business continuity planning is complex and can be time-consuming, causing a strain on IT departments. For small to mid-size financial institutions, that can be crippling. That’s where we come in. Recovery Solutions offers full-service testing services to help your IT staff plan, test, and document test results so that you not only meet FFIEC compliance but feel prepared and well-equipped to deal with a disaster. Contact us today to get started.

Cold Sites are “Risky Business”

FFIEC Definition of a Cold Site
“A cold site provides a back-up location without equipment, but with power, air conditioning, heat, electrical, network and telephone wiring, and raised flooring.

  • Office space that the Bank, Board Members or other Vendors supply
  • Mobile trailers with no physical banking or technology infrastructure in place
  • Community Centers in their town
  • Bank branches with insufficient infrastructure in place to restore required systems and house staff required to process required transaction volumes.
  • Based on Vendors furnishing replacement infrastructure and hardware

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Credit Union – Temporary Banking Facility

A look inside the temporary banking facility utilized during a Credit Union’s remodeling project in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
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No More “Pardon Our Dust” – Mobile Banking Leases for Construction and Remodeling

Many Recovery Solutions clients already know that they have access to our full fleet of mobile banking facilities should disaster strike. But many financial institutions are taking advantage of leasing mobile units when undergoing construction or remodeling.
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View an online tour of a recent mobile bank installation in Green Bay, WI

Take a tour of our most recent mobile banking installation in Green Bay, WI. The US Bank located near Lambeau Field is relocating and is leasing a Recovery Solutions mobile banking facility in order to conduct business during the construction of their new bank.

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Bank News Media Letter

Recovery Solutions has received an Honorable Mention in the BankNews Innovative Solutions Awards for Best Equipment / Hardware Solution.  The company was honored for its Secure Dedicated Satellite Connectivity to Service Bureau.

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Free Disaster Preparedness Drill Checklist from Recovery Solutions

Is your team tested, documented and fully prepared for disaster? This helpful guide will provide a road map for a successful drill and allow you to document each step of the way. Download it today!

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Testing, Testing, Testing – Planning for IT Disaster Requires Testing

The FFIEC and national cyber-security experts continue to stress the importance of testing and having suitable backup solutions. In a world where natural disasters are increasing in frequency and severity, and where cyber threats are becoming more common, having a proper backup for your data and regularly testing your business continuity plan are more important than ever.


This month we’d like to share tips on using the new FFIEC Cyber Assessment Tool, which was recently updated. We’re also sharing some tips on selecting a cloud-based backup solution.

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Recovery Solutions – An Overview of Our Services

A downloadable PDF version of our online presentation.

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Disaster Recovery Q&A with Rick Lavin

Does your institution have a solid, fully-tested disaster recovery plan to ensure that you are not only FFIEC compliant, but able to effectively resume business should your branch be struck by catastrophe? Have you been considering working with a disaster recovery firm? There are many things to consider when choosing a disaster recovery partner. Recovery Solutions owner, Rick Lavin, answers some of the pressing questions prospective clients often ask. read more …

Business continuity planning for power outages. Financial industry disaster recovery news.

Today, even a few minutes without power can be costly to your business. Gone are the days of simply doing things “the old fashioned way” until power resumes. Without electricity, your institution may not have access to security systems or the ability to process simple customer transactions. If you’re in an area plagued by power outages due to ice storms or winter weather, now is the time to make sure your facility has adequate backup power supply and a tested plan to resume business should you be hit with a prolonged power outage.

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Are Reciprocal Agreements Worth the Risk?

What is your plan for recovery should disaster strike your financial institution? In order to meet FFIEC compliance, your bank must exhibit the ability to resume normal business function quickly. If your building is damaged or destroyed and you have a reciprocal agreement with a nearby partner branch or competitor, you may be putting your business at risk.  read more …

Meeting FFIEC Compliance without “Breaking the Bank”

What would you pay for a full-service disaster recovery solution and testing services that would ensure your institution is FFIEC compliant and ready to effectively resume business should disaster strike? It’s much less expensive than many compliance officers expect. With a combined 130 years of banking industry experience and knowledge, our team provides service and expertise that is unbelievably affordable.  read more …

Recovery Solutions – July Newsletter

What is comprehensive testing, and why is it important to my financial institution? Learn more in this month’s Recovery Solutions newsletter.

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Recovery Solutions – June 2016 Newsletter

Meeting FFIEC compliance. Recovery Solutions can help!

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Recovery Solutions Provides Mobile Banks After Natural Disaster

After an EF5 tornado hit northeast Iowa on May 25th, the town of Parkersburg was left in a state of devastation. The storm had wind speeds in excess of 200 miles an hour and many schools, homes and businesses were completely destroyed, leaving residents and business owners without a place to live or work.

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Recovery Solutions – Family Emergency Plan

Being prepared can minimize the fear, stress, and anxiety associated with a fire, flood or other emergency. Where should you meet in case of fire? What should you keep in your automobile in case of emergency? The team at Recovery Solutions has outlined what you need to be prepared.
Our Family Emergency Plan includes planning forms, checklists, templates, tips and helpful links to ensure your family is informed and prepared in case disaster strikes.
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Should You Outsource Your DR Services to a 3rd Party?

In the past year, we have experienced horrendous weather patterns creating devastating storms throughout the United States. The news media has reported major floods, tornados, and high winds causing severe damage almost daily. In 2008, the highest recorded number of FEMA declared disasters had reached seventy‐five. As of July 28, 2010, the United States has experienced a total of fifty‐eight FEMA disasters.

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Satellite MPLS Communications

Recovery Solutions provides a fleet of mobile bank facilities specifically configured to the needs of the financial industry. This mobile bank facility becomes a branch facility complete with all technology, communications and ability to restore virtual images of critical devices. Along with our sophisticated satellite-based technology system, we offer a true turnkey solution providing your institution with planning, virtualization, recovery options, technical and compliance support to ensure that your annual test successfully recovers your critical systems and business functions which will meet your defined recovery time objectives.

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After Fire, Geneva Bank Puts in Place Mobile Offices

Contractors with Recovery Solutions put the finishing touches on the entrance to a mobile banking facility in the parking lot of the State Bank of Geneva on Monday, October, 29, 2012, after its main building was recently damaged in a fire.

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CBAI Member Bank Recovers from Disastrous Fire with Aid of CBSC-Marketing Partner Recovery Solutions

As natural disasters become more and more pervasive in our daily news, it should invariably heighten our industry’s concern and awareness of disaster preparedness. However, it is not only natural disasters with which banks need to contend, as Chris Gavin, president & CEO of Midwest Bank of Western Illinois, Monmouth recently learned.

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After the Storm Banks and the community work together to rebuild Parkersburg, Iowa

At First State in Parkersburg, Iowa, Memorial Day weekend was a busy one. The bank,
which merged with MidWestOne in March, had begun standardizing all its products and moving customers into those products in anticipation of officially changing the bank’s name in August.
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The Risks Associated with Reciprocal Agreements

“An agreement whereby two organizations with similar computer systems agree to provide computer processing time for the other in the event one of the systems is rendered inoperable. Processing time may be provided on a “best effort” or as time available” basis; therefore, reciprocal agreements are not usually acceptable as a primary recovery option.

If the facilities are not geographically distributed in different locations, an area-wide disaster could render both of the sites useless. In addition, this type of facility could be more difficult to manage and administer. Management should also understand that implementing a reciprocal agreement might not always provide an optimal back-up solution due to limited excess capacity. read more …

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