|28 November, 2018

Bank Aljazira completed the full disaster recovery live test exercises

The exercise objective was to achieve the highest level of readiness and business continuity for the bank services in case of emergencies.

Mr. Ahmed AlHassan, Chief Operating Officer, Bank AlJazira

Mr. Ahmed AlHassan, Chief Operating Officer, Bank AlJazira

BANK ALJAZIRA has completed the annual Full DR Live Test Exercises. The exercise objective was to achieve the highest level of readiness and business continuity for the bank services in case of emergencies. This experience comes as an embodiment of the bank's keenness to ensure the provisions of banking services as quickly as possible with the highest standards of efficiency in case of a disaster, God forbid.

Mr. Ahmed AlHassan, Chief Operating Officer, Bank AlJazira, said: “The successful Full DR Live Test Exercise was a result of continues devoted efforts for internal support processes enhancement which aiming to support bank operations, business growth and customers. Information Technology and Business Continuity Management teams have effectively contributed to raising the efficiency of the emergency response of the bank.”  

Mr. AlHassan added that, the bank conducted more than 330 DR Live Tests Exercises of emergency recovery operations since 2013 and consistently achieved more advanced results in each exercise, and Bank Aljazira is the first bank within the Saudi Banking Sector to completed a Full DR Live Test Exercise under the supervision of an external auditor in accordance with SAMA mandates.

The exercise final report covers various aspects such as governance, operational capabilities, data centers, availability of Key and backup staff, as well as operating procedures for data center systems, data protection mechanisms and many more.  The thorough examination of the Bank's vital systems took the external auditors, six weeks to ensure the Bank's readiness for Full DR Live Testing.

Technically, the Full DR Live Test Exercise of Bank Aljazira has covered readiness of bank systems, including the Bank Main system, ATM System, Branch systems, Fawri, Aljazira online and other vital systems that the Bank needs to operate in case of emergency, God forbid. The objective of the Full DR Live Test Exercise was to work entirely from the Recovery Center for several days. Thanks to God, the Exercises was successful, and the bank was able to prove its capabilities and resilience as well.

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