“Why a Shield Gold upgrade?”
KingsBridge Shield is your complete tool for creating Business Continuity Plans (BCP). We pride ourselves Shield being Simple and Secure. It’s primary function is to Shield YOUR Business from Chaos and that starts with being a great value for your money. So what is so special about a Shield Gold upgrade? In addition to all of the Shield Silver features, we’ve added a bunch to the Gold subscription:
- Additional users and storage space
- Customizable Business Impact Analysis tool
- Dependency Mapping
- Plan Analytics
- 4 Mentoring Sessions
- Last Modified Tracking
- Shield Communications
- Password management
Understand the Value of these Gold Features
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? In Shield Gold, we give you an unlimited number of read only users. This means that 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, a Shield Gold upgrade gives you double the space. This means you can save all those critical files to a remote location so you can 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 key files is critical.
A Shield Gold upgrade gives you a customizable 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. While we have extensive experience with businesses from all over the world, we also know that each business is different and their BIA should reflect this. Shield Silver gives you “standard” questions to pose during the BIA. Shield Gold allows you to expand the questions by selecting from a list of additional questions. 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 a printer malfunction. 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.
EVERY business has critical dependencies… Be it unique individuals, critical systems or unique tools in your office. Do you know which they are? Do you know what critical business functions they would impact if they weren’t operating for some reason? Shield’s dependency Mapping pulls from your completed BIA informing you of the single point of failure might take down your critical business functions. Once you know this piece of information, you can build your recovery to ensure these functions are operating before your business feels the impact.
Your plan is written, you are in maintenance mode now and you don’t know when your teams/departments/people are updating their piece of the plan. Plan Analytics is Shield’s way of showing you what sections are current, which ones are falling behind WITHOUT having to select each individual section to check. As the administrator, you can see from the dashboard how everyone is doing and you can address the areas that might be falling behind.
Building your BCP can be two steps forward, one step backwards, just like going to the gym. Stay with me here… Nobody likes going to the gym, but a lot of people do it for the long term benefit, just like building a BCP. When you go to the gym, you are given the option for a coach. This coach will help you through the setting up, exercises and getting the most out of your time at the gym. These Mentoring sessions are KingsBridge’s way of getting you a BCP coach. You can lean on our more than 35 years experience (more than a dozen plans a year) to give you the inside track on maximizing your time for your BCP. Unlike the gym, these Mentoring sessions are included with your Shield Gold. Like the gym, the Mentoring sessions will NOT do your BCP for you. They certainly will cut down on the time it takes for you to get your plan off the ground
Last Modified Tracking
When you are responsible for a document that has many moving pieces, getting an overview of any changes is critical. The Last Modified tracking with a Shield Gold upgrade gives you the ability to confirm that your team is doing (or has done) their BCP job. This feature allows you to quickly look at a section to know when it was last changed, and by whom. This is critical if you are expecting a certain amount of work to be done (or have been done) by your BCP colleagues. Shield Gold Last Modified tracking also gives you a central location to see the vintage of sections of your plan.
You’ve spent a lot of time getting your plan perfect. Now an incident occurs and you need to; initiate the plan, share directions and next steps. All with the email server having failed. No problem! A Shield Gold upgrade has an optional notification feature built right in that allows you to communicate your response efforts! Shield Communications allows you to contact: all personnel, all team leaders, all alternate team leaders, all team members or any custom variation of individuals. You can notify via email (work or personal) and text, only email, or only text using the contacts housed in Shield. Are you more of a verbal communicator? Shield Communications will initiate a conference bridge that actively calls the individuals to the bridge. You can spend time communicating and not sending them invites and having to trouble shoot those who can’t connect. Shield Gold allows you to communicate with your people seamlessly.
None of the Shield editions (Silver, Gold, Platinum) require that users change their passwords at specified intervals. We know that everyone has too many passwords to remember. The password for your BCP is critical to remember, and should not be another variation of your “favorite” password. But this “single” password doesn’t always sit well with corporate information security, auditors or clients. With a Shield Gold upgrade (and Platinum), we give you the ability to select from one of 5 Password Management options to ensure it meets the requirements of the interested parties, whether that is your Information Security department, or an external stakeholder.
The Shield Gold upgrade 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 when you want to follow industry best practices (planning based on a TRA and BIA), if you are dealing with auditors, require advanced password settings, have large numbers of documents, and for notifying your people in the event of an incident. Be sure you Shield YOUR Business from Chaos with Shield.