The SEC proposed a rule requiring registered investment advisers (“RIAs”) to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans.
The SEC’s objective is to preserve the continuity of advisory services in the event of business disruptions including natural disasters, cyber-attacks, technology failures and the departure of key personnel. RIAs would be required to annually review the adequacy and effectiveness of their plans and retain certain related records.
“While an adviser may not always be able to prevent significant disruptions to its operations, advance planning and preparation can help mitigate the effects of such disruptions and in some cases, minimize the likelihood of their occurrence, which is an objective of this rule,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White.
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