Bank Of England Takes On Big Tech Cloud Services

Amazon, Google, and other tech companies providing cloud computing to banks in Britain may have to comply with minimum resilience standards and testing, a senior Bank of England (BoE) official said on Monday, September 13.

The BoE, along with regulators in Europe and the US, is worried about the reliance of banks on a handful of Big Tech firms for cloud computing in increasingly critical banking services, and the impact an outage at one of them could have on financial stability. read more 

“This is a big topic both within the UK and internationally,” Victoria Saporta, BoE executive director for prudential supervision, told an event held by the Institute of International Finance, a global banking industry body.

“Our current thinking is that the most effective … approach to managing these risks from critical third party services providers is through a combination of minimum resilience standards aimed directly at critical third parties … coupled with resilience testing of these critical third parties,” Saporta said.

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