KingsBridge Shield is your complete tool for creating Business Continuity Plans (BCP). While we pride ourselves on our K.I.S.S. principle, KingsBridge Is Simple and Straightforward, we also know the importance of getting the most value for your money. A few of our customers have asked us about the ‘real’ difference between Shield Silver and Shield Gold. In addition to the standard Shield Silver package, with the Gold subscription you get access to these 6 Shield Gold tools:
- Additional users and storage space
- Integrated Threat Risk Assessment tool
- Integrated Business Impact Analysis tool
- Last modified tracking
- BEAM Directed Communications
- Password management
6 Shield Gold tools
Additional Users and Storage Space
Has your company hit the limit of your Shield Silver user count? Do you have so many documents you are nearing the end of your storage limit? Shield Gold has three times the user limit than Shield Silver, so when your plan needs to be used, the entire response isn’t manned by a select few individuals. With more users you’ll also need more disk space to support those users, so Shield Gold gives you double the space. This means you can save all those critical files to a remote location and access them whenever you need them. You spend a lot of time writing your plan; ensuring the right number of people have access to it, and that you can get to your core files is critical.
Integrated Threat Risk Assessment (TRA) Tool
So you’ve been tasked with building a Business Continuity Plan for your business. Do you know what threats to consider? There are an unlimited number of threats you could consider, but in reality there are only a handful you should plan for. Should you consider flooding in Las Vegas? Or tornadoes in Chicago? With your input, the Shield TRA prioritizes those threats in a list that ranks which you should plan for. This also weeds out the ones you don’t need to focus on right away. You have enough decisions to worry about; use a tool that helps make these decisions easier. Not to mention that your ISO, FFIEC (or almost any other) auditors are going to be looking for a TRA. Without one, your plan will fail their audits, regardless of how well its written.
Integrated Business Impact Analysis (BIA) Tool
Once you’ve got your TRA done and you know your threats, you now need to learn what their impacts might be. Each business unit is different and each will have different impacts from threats. The number of business units that say they are “fine” with the power going out is surprising. On the flip side, you’d be amazed by the number of business units that aren’t “fine” with the printer stopping. Each scenario is different, and each can take down different portions of your business. Like the TRA, the BIA is also affected by auditors. Your plan will fail the audit (or at least be cited) for not having a BIA. For such a simple process, don’t jeopardize your planning efforts.
Last Modified Tracking
Your auditors are coming next week and you’ve made all the changes to the plan that you are responsible for. But, you have a bad feeling about your colleagues saying they’ve got their updates done when the information looks very familiar. The Last Modified feature in Shield Gold allows you to quickly look at a section to know when it was last changed, and by whom. In keeping with our KISS principle, you can use the Last Modified Table to check when updates were last made to sections. BONUS: If your plan is ready to go and you notice some content doesn’t look right, you can simply check who made the changes to avoid speculation at the office water cooler.
BEAM Directed Communications
You’ve spent a lot of time getting your plan perfect. Now an incident occurs; you need to initiate the plan, and share directions and next steps, but you have no way to email everyone because the server has failed. That’s why Shield Gold has an optional notification feature built right in that will allow you to contact: all personnel, all team leaders, all alternate team leaders, all team members or any custom variation of individuals. Even with your server room down, BEAM can leverage text notification to get your message out. BEAM can notify via email and text, only email, or only text. Shield Gold makes sure you can communicate with your team(s).
In the default format, Shield does not require that you change your password every thirteen days, thirty days or whatever variation your company has determined as the corporate standard. The reason for this? If you are standing in the parking lot and only have your phone on you, you likely won’t remember the password you set for Shield 9 months ago. If that “single” password doesn’t sit well with your company for information security reasons, we can help. In Shield Gold, we include Password Management to allow your company to pick password requirements in keeping with their information security principles and policies.
The Gold subscription gives you some pretty amazing stuff for not a lot more each month. Shield Silver is really designed as the entry level solution to your Business Continuity Planning. Shield Gold is the tool you should be using if you are dealing with auditors, require advanced password settings, have large numbers of documents, and need to notify your people in the event of an incident. KingsBridge is Simple and Straightforward, and we want your selection of tools to be Simple and Straightforward as well. Have questions? Reach out to us!
KingsBridgeBCP offers businesses of all sizes BCP Software Solutions and industry know how based on best practices. We help build, exercise, and maintain Business Continuity Plans. Our services and software packages are customized to meet the wide range of our customers’ needs, ensuring we deliver the best value in every project. To learn more click here or check out our Services.