Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
The industry-wide business continuity test is a critical exercise that highlights our industry’s ability to operate through a significant emergency using backup sites, recovery facilities and backup communications capabilities across the industry. SIFMA urges all firms to participate in this important event.
The 2023 test will be held on Saturday, October 14.
For questions regarding the overall test, contact Charles De Simone.
2023 Schedule & Milestones
- July 2023 – All Exchanges, Markets and Utilities identified, manner of participation and contact information provided
- July 2023 – Registration opens for participants
- September/October – Pre-Test period (dates to be posted as soon as available per each Exchange, Market or Utility)
- Common pretest dates: 9/23/2023 (Primary) & 9/30/2023 (Secondary)
- August 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET – Exchange, Utility & Service Provider Project Team Call
- September 6, 2023 – Industry Test Entities Provide Scripts to Registered Test Participants
- September 6, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET – First Industry Test Participants and Providers Coordination Call
- September 19, 2023, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET – Second Industry Test Participants and Providers Coordination Call
- October 4, 2023, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET – Final Industry Test Participants and Providers Coordination Call
- October 9, 2023 – Final Instructions Distributed to All Participants
- October 14, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET – SIFMA Industry Test
Industry-wide tests follow a consistent format whereby firms submit test orders and transactions from their backup sites to markets and utilities.
The scope of participation for test entities is detailed in the Summary of Components document. The document is a spreadsheet that lists all participating test entities, the scope of their testing and what environment they are operating out of, points of contact for advance planning, and pretesting opportunities. This document is regularly updated over the summer and fall leading up to the test.
The test is supported by all major exchanges, markets and industry utilities. The exercise involves test transactions for commercial paper, equities, options, futures, fixed income, settlement, payments, Treasury auctions and market data. On the same day, the Futures Industry Association (FIA) leads the futures test component.
SIFMA compiles and discloses aggregate test results (but not individual performance).
- Summary of Components (9/7/2023) (xlsx)
Reg SCI and the SIFMA Industry Test
Regulation SCI requires that each SCI entity designate members and participants to take part in an annual business continuity and disaster recovery plan test, and SIFMA facilitates a coordinated testing program for the industry as part of our business continuity planning and disaster recovery work. Reg SCI entities completed their testing requirements in parallel with the SIFMA industry test.
This presentation (pdf) outlines the difference between the two test programs and implications on how market participants approach this year’s testing programs.
The 2023 Reg SCI Playbook will be released in September 2023, in the interim the 2022 Playbook is available for download, which provides an illustrative example of test structure and participants.
- SIFMA Reg SCI PlayBook (October 11, 2022)
- SIFMA Request to SEC for No Action Relief from Rule 1004 of Regulation SCI (February 25, 2019)
- SEC No Action Letter Responding to SIFMA Regarding the Annual Test Date for Reg SCI (February 26, 2019)
2022 Test Results
The 2022 SIFMA Industry Test and Reg SCI testing were successfully completed on October 15, 2022. Participants in the SIFMA test included approximately 100 securities firms and 80 market organizations. During the test, approximately 1,110 communications connections were established between securities firms and banks and the exchanges, markets and utilities. Test transactions on these connections were successful 98% of the time. These results were generally comparable to prior tests. These results underscore the ability of the securities industry to operate through adverse conditions.
- 2022 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2021 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2020 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2019 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2018 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2017 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2016 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2015 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2014 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2013 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2012 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test
- 2011 Industry-Wide Business Continuity Test