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September 06, 2018

SARB issued a directive (D3/2018) and guidance notes (G5/2018) on cloud computing and the offshoring of data by banks. The directive is applicable to all banks, controlling companies, branches of foreign institutions and auditors of banks or controlling companies. The directive will be effective from October 01, 2018.

The Prudential Authority of the country expects banks to follow a risk-based approach that is aligned with their risk appetite, based on the nature and size of operations, when implementing cloud computing and offshoring the data. The directive specifies that bank must have in place a formally defined and board approved data strategy and data governance framework. Banks must ensure that their risk and control frameworks, including their application, are designed and operative effectively to manage risks associated with the use of cloud computing and/or the offshoring of data. Banks that use cloud computing and/or offshore their data must ensure that they remain compliant with applicable legislation and regulations, both locally and in the country where cloud services and/or data are hosted.

 

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Effective Date: October 01, 2018

 

Keywords: South Africa, Banking, Fintech, Cloud Computing, Data Offshoring, Data Governance, SARB

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