Financial industries

Cloud-based disaster recovery in the financial sector — Is it too risky?

There’s no doubt that outsourcing cloud-based data vaulting, recovery and archival can be risky, especially considering that cybersecurity threats are increasing. On top of that, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) IT Examination HandBook, Appendix J holds you responsible for evaluating the business resiliency of each third-party technology service provider (TSP) — and their subcontractors.

Third-party compliance is costly and time-consuming as it is. In fact, 38 percent of financial institutions participating in a PwC survey had 1,000-10,000 active third-party relationships. Almost 25 percent had more than 10,000! With that being the case, extending your resources to cover fourth-party TSP risks seems impossible.

The challenges of keeping disaster recovery in-house

But what’s the alternative to outsourcing? To bring those disaster recovery functions in-house? That has its own risks, considering that human error is the root cause of 52 percent of data breaches. Most reported incidents were attributed to the following causes:

  • Failure to follow policies and procedures (both by end users and IT staff)
  • Lack of expertise
  • Inadequate knowledge about new threats
  • Plain and simple carelessness

Keeping services in-house might make it easier for you to tick regulatory checkboxes, but it doesn’t necessarily improve your data and network security.

Reducing risk with BlackVault managed recovery platform

As a disaster recovery and business continuity services provider serving the financial sector, we know how to meet the unique needs of financial institutions. Our fully managed BlackVault Managed Recovery Platform offers several integrated cloud-based data and network security services.

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As a financial institution, you are required to comply with national and state regulations designed to protect investors. These requirements are monitored by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. To comply with these regulations, your financial institutions must establish business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

When setting up a data recovery plan, you probably know to focus on backing up your clients’ financial information. But, like many businesses, you might have forgotten to consider the fact that you need to prepare physical hardware and establish a network connection to restore data. Assessing these resource requirements through the process of testing and revision helps you confirm that backup processes are working properly.

Re-establishing internal and client communication is vital to the recovery of your organization. Internally, you need the ability to assess and communicate which critical business functions are not working and determine next steps. Externally, calls need to be rerouted to employees who can answer your customers’ concerns about the safety and availability of their finances and personal information.

Securing a fixed or mobile recovery site helps you restore your business operations with minimal downtime. A Mobile Recovery Center (MRC) can provide your employees with the option to work locally during the recovery process, as well as aid in the restoration of the community.

We provide business continuity and disaster recovery services that help you stay in business while maintaining focus on compliance, regulatory and investor concerns. We provide a full range of recovery services that you may utilize for your business contingency plans, including facilities to relocate your employees, recover data and restore communication.

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Data Vaulting and Recovery
Association for Financial Technology
  • How will you restore and access client data?
  • Is your business’s data being backed up securely?

We offer secure, private cloud solutions that give you ready access to your data while meeting compliance requirements.
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Network and voice recovery
  • How will calls be made if your voice network is down?
  • Who will the community contact if they cannot reach your financial organization?

We provide multiple network and voice recovery solutions to help you establish internal communication and reroute incoming calls.

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Mobile work area recovery
  • Will your business be able to meet its recovery time objectives during a business disturbance?
  • Are your employees willing to leave their own families behind after a disaster to relocate to a secondary office space?

We can bring an MRC to your desired location fully equipped with voice and data technology, restored backup information and office equipment in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
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Fixed work area recovery
  • Where will your business continue daily administrative functions if your primary facility is destroyed?
  • Can your business afford to maintain a fixed-site location with up-to-date technology?

We offer regional fixed-site recovery facilities with fully equipped, ready-to-use temporary office space following a disaster declaration.

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  • Can you gain immediate access to backup technology to restore business processes?
  • Is your business confident that it can configure all the necessary hardware to restore data, voice communication and network connectivity?

We maintain the physical equipment necessary to restore your business processes, provide on-site support and deliver your required hardware in 24 hours or less.
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Professional planning services
  • Do you have specific BC/DR plans in place?
  • Have you considered outsourcing the development and administration of your business continuity program?

Our professional planning services can help you meet your specific BC/DR objectives, whether they involve modernizing your current program, developing a new plan or meeting compliance requirements.

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