DORA (Digital Operational Resilience Act)

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What is the DORA regulation?

The DORA regulation (Digital Operational Resilience Act) is a legislative initiative of the European Union designed to enhance digital operational resilience in the financial sector. This regulation represents a significant step in harmonizing European regulations aimed at ensuring the stability and security of digital financial services. DORA strikes a balance between cybersecurity and business continuity in a constantly evolving digital environment.


The main objectives of DORA are:

.   Strengthening Operational Resilience: DORA aims to ensure that financial entities can withstand, absorb, and recover quickly from digital disruptions.

.    Managing IT Risks: The regulation underscores the need for financial institutions to implement robust measures for managing digital risks, including cyberattacks and technological failures.

.   Cooperation and Information Sharing: DORA encourages cooperation between financial entities and regulatory authorities to share information related to threats and vulnerabilities.

.   Promotion of Technological Innovation: While enhancing security, DORA also aims to encourage the adoption of innovative technologies in the financial sector.


What are the 5 pillars of the DORA regulation?

The DORA regulation (Digital Operational Resilience Act) is built on five fundamental pillars to strengthen digital operational resilience in the financial sector:

1. Management of Digital Technology Risks: Establish governance frameworks and internal controls for effective management of IT risks.

2.Incident Reporting Related to Digital Technologies: Define and implement management processes to detect, manage, and report IT incidents.

3. Digital Operational Resilience Testing: Establish, maintain, and regularly review a testing program to assess and identify weaknesses in digital operational resilience.

4. Management of Digital Technology Risks by Third Parties: Manage risks associated with third-party IT service providers.

5.Information and Intelligence Sharing: Promote information sharing mechanisms to enhance digital operational resilience, including raising awareness of cyber threats.


Who does the DORA regulation apply to?

Financial Institutions: Banks, insurance companies, asset managers, and other financial entities are directly affected by DORA.

Digital Service Providers: Companies providing technological services to financial institutions are also impacted by these regulations.

Regulatory Authorities: Financial regulatory authorities at the national and European levels are responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with DORA.

Consumers and Clients: Although they are not directly subject to DORA, consumers and clients of financial services benefit from the increased stability and security guaranteed by this legislation.


How to achieve compliance with the DORA regulation using Smart GRC?

To ensure compliance with the DORA regulation with Smart GRC, several key steps must be followed:

1.IT and Cybersecurity Resource Mapping with Smart GRC: Identify and record all IT and cybersecurity resources to understand where and how DORA applies to your organization.

2.Internal Risk Assessment: Conduct a thorough assessment of internal risks related to your IT and cybersecurity systems, using collaborative tools provided by Smart GRC.

3.Third-Party Risk Assessment with the Third-Party Module: Evaluate risks associated with third-party suppliers and partners, a key aspect of DORA compliance.

4.Risk Mitigation: Incorporate specific DORA mitigation measures into your IT and cybersecurity processes, focusing on digital operational resilience.

5.Compliance of Policies and Procedures: Adapt or create policies and procedures to ensure compliance with DORA. Use Smart GRC to document, manage, and communicate these policies within your organization.

6.Training and Awareness: Use Smart GRC’s training features to educate and train your staff on DORA requirements and best practices in digital resilience.

7.Monitoring and Regular Audits: Set up regular audits and continuous monitoring with Smart GRC to ensure your organization remains compliant with DORA. This includes monitoring controls and implementing necessary improvements.

8.Compliance Reporting: Produce detailed compliance reports with Smart GRC’s reporting capabilities. These reports are crucial for internal documentation and may be required for regulatory audits.

9. Continuous Improvement: Use feedback and analysis provided by Smart GRC to continuously improve your IT and cybersecurity practices and stay updated with DORA developments.

With the IT & Cybersecurity and Third-Party modules, Smart GRC offers a structured and integrated approach to navigate the DORA regulatory framework, ensuring effective risk management and rigorous compliance through comprehensive assessment, risk management, reporting, and continuous improvement of security and digital operational resilience practices.


Enhanced Interoperability

The interoperability between the DORA regulation and other standards within Smart GRC modules provides an efficient synergy for compliance. The IT & Cybersecurity and Third-Party modules of Smart GRC facilitate alignment with DORA requirements while ensuring compatibility with other regulations such as GDPR or NIST. This interoperability helps avoid redundancies and optimize compliance efforts, ensuring consistent and effective management of digital risks and third-party relationships. Thus, Smart GRC creates a comprehensive compliance environment, enhancing operational efficiency and strengthening organizations’ digital resilience.

What sanctions apply for non-compliance with the DORA regulation? Sanctions for non-compliance with DORA may include:

Significant Fines: Substantial financial penalties can be imposed for failing to adhere to the standards established by DORA.

Corrective Actions: Financial entities may be required to take specific measures to address identified deficiencies.

Reputation: Non-compliance can also have a negative impact on the reputation of the affected financial institutions.

The DORA regulation marks a decisive step in regulating digital operational resilience in the European financial sector. With its strict guidelines and risk management measures, DORA applies to a wide range of stakeholders.


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