Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) Action Guide
Effective 17 January 2025, DORA covers EU financial institutions and associated ICT service providers.
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DORA EU Risk regulation harmonization

The European Commission initiated DORA to harmonize information and communications technology (ICT) regulation in the financial services sector in the European Union (EU), imposing common requirements in all EU member states in the following areas:


1. ICT risk management and governance
2. Incident reporting and management
3. Operational resilience testing
4. Management of ICT third-party risk


Information sharing is encouraged but not mandatory.

ICT risk management and governance
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ICT incident reporting and management
Financial entities need processes to detect, classify, manage and respond to security incidents, including a stakeholder communication plan and response plan. IBM Security® helps with incident reporting and management, providing solutions for EDR, log management, XDR, SIEM and SOAR. IBM Security X-Force® offers services for detection and recovery from incidents, and managed detection and response. And IBM Control Desk with Maximo® helps organizations manage and report critical assets. Security alerts and Proactive support resources: Download the guide
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Operational resilience testing
DORA requires establishing, maintaining and reviewing a digital operational resilience program. Required testing includes ICT third parties, and penetration, vulnerability assessments, source code reviews and scenario base testing. IBM offers penetration testing and vulnerability testing to help identify, prioritize and remediate security flaws. IBM Security QRadar® SOAR helps teams respond, automate and collaborate. How resilient is your organization in the face of evolving cyberthreats? Take the assesment
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Management of ICT third-party risk
DORA requires that ICT third-party risks be included in a risk management framework. Financial entities must monitor third-party contracts and give European Supervisory Authorities oversight of essential providers. Entities need a strategy on ICT third-party risk. IBM Consulting offers third-party risk management services, security awareness and training. IBM Managed Security Services helps assess, monitor and document risk, while Randori Recon offers rich assessments of your real-world risk. Proactive checking of infrastructure exposures
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IBM Cloud for Financial Services
Designed specifically for financial regulated industries, IBM Cloud for Financial Services® was introduced in 2019. It aims to help financial services organizations address the industry's unique cybersecurity, regulatory and operational requirements, while providing the benefits and flexibility of the cloud in a secured environment.
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IBM infrastructure solutions
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Additional resources

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