BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING

General

Business continuity remains a priority for firms and their associated persons. It is important that firms maintain adequate business continuity and contingency plans, and ensure that employees are aware of and understand these plans.

FINRA Topic Page: Business Continuity Planning

• FINRA Small Firm Business Continuity Planning Template

 

BC/DR Testing Under Regulation SCI

As required by SEC Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Regulation SCI), FINRA in 2015 adopted Rule 4380 requiring member firm participation in business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) testing. The rule authorizes FINRA to designate firms that must participate in FINRA’s annual BC/DR test based on established standards, which FINRA first published in Regulatory Notice 15-43 and updated in Regulatory Notice 18-09. This Notice consolidates FINRA’s designation criteria, as previously announced in Notices 15-43 and 18-09, without change.

FINRA Regulatory Notice 19-15 (April 19, 2019): FINRA Publishes Consolidated Criteria to Designate Firms for Mandatory Participation in FINRA’s Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Testing

FINRA Regulatory Notice 18-09 (March 7, 2018): FINRA Updates Designation Criteria to Require Firms Reporting U.S. Treasury Securities to TRACE to Participate in FINRA’s Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Testing