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Regulatory Scrutiny of Item Processing

Written by  J. R. Davis

During the past year, in response to heightened concerns about security in general, many banks have put disaster recovery planning at the forefront of their agendas. Those that have not already done so can expect increased scrutiny from state and federal regulators. But planning should be more comprehensive than merely dusting off old plans that have already been put in place. Whether banks use outside consultants or internal managers, many are currently re-examining every aspect of their disaster recovery plans, including the assumptions upon which the plans are based, and looking more closely at the options they have to choose from, not only to keep their major data processing systems running in case of business interruption (the focus of many articles relating to banking as well as other industries), but in regard to what might seem a routine part of normal banking operations, namely item processing.