Understand how DORA enhances cybersecurity, fortifies operational resilience, and ensures robust protection for digital services


   What is DORA?  

The Digital Operational Resilience Act, commonly known as DORA, is a legislative proposal introduced by the European Commission. Its primary objective is to establish a comprehensive framework for enhancing the operational resilience of the financial sector across the European Union (EU). DORA addresses various aspects of operational resilience, including cybersecurity, information technology (IT) risk management, and incident response capabilities.

DORA aims to ensure that all participants in the financial system have the necessary safeguards in place to mitigate cyber-attacks and other risks. The legislation will require firms to ensure that they can withstand all types of ICT-related disruptions and threats.

In order to achieve a high common level of digital operational resilience, this Regulation lays down uniform requirements concerning the security of network and information systems supporting the business processes of financial entities.


 DORA main requirements   

ICT risk management and governance

DORA requires organizations to implement robust risk management frameworks tailored to their specific operational contexts, encompassing risk assessment, mitigation strategies, and resilience testing.

Incident Reporting and Response

DORA mandates the timely reporting of significant cyber incidents to competent authorities and establishes standardized incident response procedures to facilitate swift and effective mitigation measures.

Third-Party Risk Management

DORA emphasizes the importance of managing third-party risks by imposing obligations on organizations to assess and monitor the security posture of their suppliers, vendors, and service providers.

Digital Operational Resilience Testing

A key component of DORA is the requirement for financial institutions to conduct regular digital operational resilience testing. This involves simulating various cyberattack scenarios, IT failures, and operational disruptions to assess the effectiveness of resilience measures and incident response capabilities.




   DORA Key Objectives 

  •  Enhancing Cyber Resilience:  DORA aims to bolster the cyber resilience of financial institutions, market infrastructures, and digital service providers by establishing clear standards and requirements for managing cyber risks. It emphasizes the implementation of robust cybersecurity measures, such as risk assessments, incident response plans, and regular security testing, to mitigate the impact of cyber threats.
  •  Improving Incident Reporting and Response:  Under DORA, organizations operating in critical sectors will be required to promptly report significant cyber incidents to competent authorities. This facilitates timely response and coordination efforts to mitigate the impact of cyberattacks and prevent further disruption to essential services. Enhanced incident reporting mechanisms enable authorities to analyze trends, identify emerging threats, and develop proactive measures to strengthen cyber defenses.
  •  Promoting Cross-Sector Collaboration:  DORA encourages collaboration and information sharing among public and private stakeholders to enhance situational awareness and response capabilities. By fostering a collaborative ecosystem, DORA facilitates the exchange of threat intelligence, best practices, and technical expertise, enabling organizations to better anticipate, detect, and respond to cyber threats collectively.
  •  Establishing Harmonized Standards:  DORA aims to establish harmonized cybersecurity standards and requirements across the EU, ensuring consistency and coherence in cybersecurity regulations. By setting common baseline standards, DORA simplifies compliance efforts for organizations operating across multiple jurisdictions while maintaining high levels of cybersecurity across the EU.



 How can we help you with your IT Compliance needs? 

Advanced Vision IT team can help your IT operations to become DORA compliant. We can help you manage the three important components of your IT environment - People, Processes and Technologies and ensure you comply with the DORA requirements.  

DORA requirements and criterias. 




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