For entities that are regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

Finance Industries

Annual Business Continuity Testing

For entities that are regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

If your company is an Authorised Deposit Taking Institution, General Insurer, Superannuation company, Life Insurer or Friendly Society, the APRA Standard – APRA CPS 232 – requires that you carry out annual business continuity testing.

See here for the APRA Standard:

http://www.apra.gov.au/CrossIndustry/Documents/Prudential%20Standard%20CPS%20232%20Business%20Continuity%20Management.pdf

In particular, the following Clauses specifically address the testing requirements:

28. A regulated institution must review and test its BCP at least annually, or more frequently if there are material changes to business operations, to ensure that the BCP can meet the BCM objectives. The results of the testing must be formally reported to the Board or to delegated management. 8.
29. The BCP must be updated if shortcomings are identified as a result of the review and testing required under paragraph 28.

Karstens Continuity makes it simple for your staff to carry out annual disaster recovery testing at a location away from your normal offices.

Note of Interest

Please note that APRA has also just released CPS Prudential Standard “CPS 220 Risk Management”, which covers all the aspects of Risk Management for regulated entities, including the appointment of the Chief Risk Officer.

See here for the link:

http://www.apra.gov.au/CrossIndustry/Documents/Prudential-Standard-CPS-220-Risk-Management-January-2015.pdf