FICC maintains plans that address the loss of people, premises and/or technology as additional measures to ensure the continuing operation of critical services, including proactive and reactive measures that help ensure that enterprise and business functions have resilience and recovery capabilities to continue, should a serious event occur.
These business continuity and resiliency plans establish requirements for how DTCC as a whole, including FICC, will effect and maintain controls that address defined threats which, if not otherwise implemented, could result in a high level of risk to the continuity of enterprise operations. Given the nature and breadth of significant business disruptive events, FICC’s business continuity and resiliency plans are aligned at the global, regional, site, legal entity, product, business line, and support function levels. In support of FICC’s business, DTCC has multiple data centers, including in-region and out-of-region sites, and all critical clearance and settlement transactions utilize private non-Internet networks.
Additionally, FICC maintains a Recovery and Wind-down (R&W) Plan to be used by the Board and management in the event FICC encounters scenarios that could potentially prevent it from being able to provide its critical services as a going concern. The R&W Plan identifies FICC’s services, and GM041223the criteria used to determine which services are considered critical; the recovery tools available to address the risks of (a) uncovered losses or liquidity shortfalls resulting from the default of one or more Members, and (b) losses arising from non-default events (e.g., cyber-attack, or custody or investment losses), and the strategy for implementation of such tools.
The R&W Plan also establishes the strategy and framework for the orderly wind-down of FICC and the transfer of its critical services in the remote event the implementation of the available recovery tools does not successfully return FICC to financial viability. In the event the Board determines that FICC’s recovery efforts have not been, or are unlikely to be, successful in returning FICC to financial viability, FICC would seek to identify a third party that is willing and able, as a successor financial market utility, to acquire, and continue to provide to the market, the critical services currently provided by FICC.