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IOSCO consults on business continuity plans for trading venues and intermediaries
The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has published two consultation reports aimed at further enhancing the ability of financial markets and intermediaries to manage risks, withstand catastrophic events, and swiftly resume their services in the event of disruption.
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•Date: 8th April 2015 • Europe / World •Type: Article

Report into Real Time Gross Settlement downtime incident published
Bank of England needs to improve crisis management framework, finds Deloitte review.
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•Date: 31st March 2015 • UK •Type: Article

ASIC issues major cyber resilience report
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has published 'Cyber resilience: Health Check (REP 429)' to help its regulated population improve cyber resilience.
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•Date: 24th March 2015 • Australia •Type: Article

Third-party and vendor risk management in the finance sector
The results of a Risk Management Association and MetricStream survey on third-party and vendor risk management in financial institutions has been published.
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•Date: 10th March 2015 • US/World •Type: Article

FFIEC revises business continuity planning guidance
Additional information on ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Outsourced Technology Services’ added.
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•Date: 11th February 2015 • US •Type: Article

Top tips for successful social media risk management in the finance sector
Advice from James Leavesley, CEO, CrowdControlHQ.
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•Date: 27th January 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Qatar Stock Exchange conducts a successful sector-wide business continuity test
The scenario involved a major disaster striking QSE premises and primary data centre/center during the pre-opening phase of the trading session.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • Middle East •Type: Article

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority publishes risk management standard
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released the final version of its new risk management standard, and associated guidance.
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•Date: 9th December 2014 • Australia •Type: Article

RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank fined for IT resilience failures
Fines reflect the FCA’s commitment to ensuring that banks make the cultural shift away from business continuity to resilience.
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•Date: 20th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article

SEC adopts new technology infrastructure resiliency rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted to adopt new rules designed to strengthen the technology infrastructure of the US securities markets.
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•Date: 20th November 2014 • US •Type: Article

SIFMA conducts financial industry business continuity test
As part of the ongoing financial industry backup site testing initiative that began in 2003, SIFMA has again led an industry-wide business continuity test.
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•Date: 27th October 2014 • US •Type: Article

Bank of England launches independent review into RTGS payment system disruption
The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has launched a ‘thorough, independent review’ of the causes of the recent disruption to RTGS, the Bank's system for settling high value payments.
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Business continuity and the UK Financial Conduct Authority: how reasonable is reasonable?
The word ‘reasonable’ can cause an unreasonable amount of debate! Unfortunately, it’s a word that insurers and their contact centres need to grapple with when planning business continuity.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Bank of England launches CBEST framework to test and improve financial sector cyber resilience
CBEST differs from other security testing because it uses real threat intelligence and focuses on the more sophisticated and persistent attacks on critical systems and essential services.
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•Date: 11th June 2014 • UK •Type: Article

SIFMA announces dates for 2014 business continuity planning tests and exercises
SIFMA, the US Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, has scheduled a number of business continuity related tests and exercises in the second half of 2014.
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•Date: 6th May 2014 • US •Type: Article

SWIFT launches new business continuity service
New Market Infrastructure Resiliency Service (MIRS) is a backup service for Real Time Gross Settlement systems.
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•Date: 11th March 2014 • World/UK •Type: Article

Monetary Authority of Singapore releases results from Industry-Wide Survey on Business Continuity Management
Provides a snapshot of business continuity in regional financial institutions and captures some best-practice lessons.
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•Date: 7th February 2014 • SE Asia •Type: Article

Bank of England publishes Waking Shark II report
The Bank of England has published the findings of the Waking Shark II exercise, which tested the wholesale banking sector’s response to a sustained and intensive cyber-attack.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article

State Bank of Pakistan orders the country’s banks to submit details of business continuity plans
In its latest circular letter the State Bank of Pakistan has given banks until January 31st 2014 to supply details of their business continuity plans.
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•Date: 13th January 2014 • Asia •Type: Article

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