Business Continuity Summary
Disruptions that Affect a Single Building
In the event of a disruption that affects Nationwide Planning's main office and such as a fire in the building, our plan calls for a response involving multiple locations. We will resume critical services by moving key personnel to various locations and, to the extent necessary to our back-up facility. Certain key personnel may also work remotely by connecting to the network from a remote location. In addition to relocating key personnel to back-up faculties, we will, if necessary, transfer responsibility for certain operations and support services to our offsite offices. We intend to resume operations in all of our critical service areas within one day after a disruption of this nature occurs. It may, however, take as long as two or three days to continue doing business in one or more critical service areas depending on the availability of data applications from our data centers.
Disruptions Affecting the Entire Business District
If a disruption significant enough to affect the entire city or business district, such as a terrorist attack, cuts off access to Nationwide Planning’s main office, under our plan we will resume critical services at our back-up facilities and certain Nationwide Planning’s offsite offices. As above, certain key employees will work remotely and certain operations and support services would be handled by other Nationwide Planning offices. We intend to resume operations in all of our critical service areas within one day after a disruption on the availability of data and applications from our data center and on the availability of key employees.
Disruptions Affecting the Entire Northeast Region
In the event of a disruption that affects the entire Northeast region such as a regional power outage, we will resume critical service areas from back-up facilities and certain of Nationwide Planning offsite locations. Although Nationwide Planning intends to resume operations within one day after the disruptions occurs, one or more of our critical service areas may not be able to resume operations until the disruption is over.
In all of the situations described above, Nationwide Planning expects to resume operations within the specified time frames. However, in the event that a business disruption results in a significant loss of life at our headquarters or otherwise results in our key employees being unavailable or unable to report to their designated back-up facility, the recovery times described above may be significantly increased. Furthermore, although we expect to continue operating regardless of the type of disruption, it is impossible to anticipate every scenario. It is, therefore, possible that a significant business disruption could result in Nationwide Planning deciding that we are unable to continue doing business. In those situations, our plan provides procedures to help ensure that our customers have prompt access to their funds and securities.
We are continuing to devote substantial resources to the enhancement of our business continuity plan. We are continuing to assess how our plan takes into consideration our critical third party relationships. In addition, we may enter into agreements with other firms to perform certain clearing and services functions on our behalf in the event of a disruption, until we have the capability to resume performing those tasks. Finally, we are working towards a target point of readiness in which we will be able to resume operations within a time period that is consistent with evolving industry standards even if our key employees are unavailable.
For More Information
Nationwide Planning's business continuity plan is subject to modification. We will promptly post information about any changes on Nationwide Planning's website www.nationwideplanning.com. If you have questions about our business continuity planning, you can contact us by writing Nationwide Planning Associates, Inc., 115 W. Century Road, Suite 360, Paramus, NJ 07652, or by calling us at (201) 476-0029.