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Banks and NBFCs Must Conduct Risk Assessment and Implement Mitigation Measures: RBI New Guidelines On Outsourcing Of IT Services

NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released new guidelines for the outsourcing of IT services by banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). The guidelines, which are aimed at ensuring the security and integrity of the financial system, cover several key areas.

According to the guidelines, banks and NBFCs must conduct a risk assessment of their outsourcing arrangements and put in place adequate risk mitigation measures. They must also have a comprehensive outsourcing policy that is reviewed periodically.

In addition, the RBI has set out specific requirements for the outsourcing of critical activities such as payment and settlement, customer service, and compliance. These activities must be overseen by the board of the bank or NBFC and the outsourcing provider must comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

The guidelines also emphasize the importance of maintaining confidentiality and data protection. Banks and NBFCs are required to ensure that the outsourcing provider maintains confidentiality of customer data and that adequate data protection measures are in place.

The RBI has stated that it will conduct periodic reviews of outsourcing arrangements to ensure that they remain compliant with the guidelines. It has also clarified that ultimate responsibility for outsourcing arrangements rests with the bank or NBFC, and that outsourcing does not relieve them of their obligations to customers and regulators.

The release of these guidelines is seen as a positive development by industry experts, who believe that they will help to enhance the security and resilience of the financial system. However, some have also raised concerns about the potential impact on smaller banks and NBFCs, which may struggle to meet the requirements set out in the guidelines.

Overall, the new guidelines represent a significant step forward in the regulation of outsourcing in the Indian financial sector, and are likely to have a major impact on the way that banks and NBFCs conduct their IT operations.

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