How Runcast Can Help with DORA Compliance?

How Runecast Can Help with DORA Compliance?

Welcome to today’s blog on navigating compliance in banking and finance, specifically focusing on leveraging DORA compliance to uplift operational resilience. DORA (Digital Operational Resilience Act), is an EU regulation designed to manage and reduce technology risks in the financial sector. In this blog, we will explore the importance of DORA compliance, the complexities of the modern enterprise, and how Runecast can achieve DORA compliance effectively.

Why Compliance Matters?

Compliance is a crucial aspect of any organization, especially in the financial industry. It helps implement checks and balances to ensure safe operations and minimize risks. Compliance is meant to prevent data breaches and protect organizations from potential harm. According to data breaches up until 2022, compliance plays a vital role in reducing the occurrence of such incidents.

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, enterprises face increasing complexity. With the introduction of new technologies, organizations must adapt and address additional challenges. This complexity leads to a lack of visibility, making it difficult to protect what cannot be seen. From offices to data centers and cloud transformations, organizations need to tackle these complexities to achieve compliance.

Visibility is the key to understanding and managing the risks associated with complex environments. Organizations must establish visibility not only over known elements but also uncover hidden vulnerabilities and potential risks. Without comprehensive visibility, compliance efforts will fall short, leaving organizations exposed to potential threats.

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Steps Towards Achieving Compliance

To achieve compliance, organizations must follow a maturity model that guides them toward optimal compliance levels. The model consists of several stages:

Reactive Stage

In the reactive stage, compliance efforts are ad hoc, and business units operate in silos. There is a lack of coordination and overall compliance strategy.

Preliminary Stage

In the preliminary stage, organizations establish a need for compliance due to incidents or audits. Basic policies and controls are put in place, but it becomes evident that more is required.

Defined Stage

In the defined stage, organizations develop overarching policies and controls, ensuring compliance across the entire organization. Clear leadership and measurement mechanisms are established to monitor compliance efforts.

Integrated Stage

In the integrated stage, compliance efforts are well-funded, and cross-functional policies and procedures are in place. Automation plays a significant role in achieving compliance, as it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the complexity of the environment.

Optimized Stage

The optimized stage is the gold standard of compliance. Organizations in this stage have achieved continuous compliance, where security and compliance-aware culture permeate every level of the organization. Comprehensive processes and policies are in place, and automation is leveraged to maintain compliance.

Applying the Maturity Model to DORA Compliance

DORA compliance with Runecast

DORA is a new security standard, specifically addressing digital resilience in the EU’s financial sector. It requires financial institutions to comply with its regulations by January 2025. To achieve DORA compliance, organizations must go through the stages outlined in the maturity model.

Some key responsibilities under DORA compliance include:

Digital Resilience Testing

Regularly testing systems to identify vulnerabilities and assess resilience against potential disruptions. This includes stress tests and scenario analysis.

Incident Reporting and Management

Creating strategies for a prompt response to digital incidents, coordinating with stakeholders, and complying with reporting requirements.

Third-Party Risk Management

Thoroughly assessing and continuously monitoring risks associated with third-party service providers. Protocols must be established to align with DORA standards.

Technology Investments

Evaluating, selecting, and implementing technology and tools that meet DORA requirements for risk detection, prevention, and mitigation.

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Challenges of DORA Compliance

DORA compliance comes with its own set of challenges:

Compliance Complexity

Understanding and complying with the various rules and regulations of DORA can be complex, requiring a thorough grasp of its provisions and implications.

Integration with Existing Systems

Seamlessly integrating DORA’s rules and requirements with existing IT infrastructure may require modifications and changes to data handling, security protocols, and more.

Cost Implementations

Meeting DORA compliance needs involves significant financial investments in technology, training, and staffing. Budget constraints can pose challenges, especially for smaller institutions.

How Runecast Can Help with DORA Compliance?


Runecast offers a comprehensive platform to assist organizations in achieving compliance, including DORA compliance. It provides visibility, vulnerability management, compliance assessment, and automation capabilities. Runecast recently launched Runecast 6.9 with agentless scanning improvements, MS Word export, CIS CSC HIPAA Update, and more.

With Runecast, organizations can:

Establish Visibility

Runecast’s platform helps organizations gain comprehensive visibility into their infrastructure, uncovering vulnerabilities and potential risks.

Manage Vulnerabilities

Through vulnerability scanning, organizations can identify and prioritize vulnerabilities, enabling them to allocate resources effectively for remediation.

Ensure Compliance

Runecast’s platform supports compliance efforts by helping organizations establish and enforce policies and procedures aligned with DORA’s requirements.

Automate Processes

Automation is a critical component of maintaining compliance. Runecast’s platform enables organizations to automate processes, reducing manual efforts and ensuring continuous compliance.

Streamline DORA Compliance with Runecast Automation

Simplify DORA compliance across your IT infrastructure

Runecast offers a comprehensive solution to automate DORA compliance checks for VMware vSphere and NSX, along with Windows and Linux operating systems. Their platform empowers financial institutions to navigate DORA’s complexities efficiently and effectively.

Key benefits

  • Automated assessments: Streamline vulnerability assessments and security audits for continuous compliance monitoring.
  • Real-time insights: Gain real-time visibility into configuration management and vulnerability status.
  • Best practice alignment: Ensure alignment with DORA best practices for operational transparency.
  • Focus on growth: Free up valuable IT resources to focus on strategic initiatives.

Effortless remediation and broad coverage

Runecast goes beyond automated assessments. We provide clear steps to remediate identified issues, such as misconfigurations or non-compliance findings. Our solution seamlessly covers on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments, ensuring comprehensive DORA compliance across your entire IT landscape.

Penalties for DORA Non-Compliance

Financial and reputational risks of non-compliance

Failing to comply with DORA can incur significant consequences for financial institutions operating in the EU. Potential repercussions include:

  • Administrative fines: Organizations may face fines up to €10 million or 5% of their annual turnover.
  • Reputational damage: Non-compliance can severely damage an institution’s reputation and erode customer trust.
  • Authorization withdrawal: Repeated non-compliance can lead to the withdrawal of operating authorization, effectively shutting down business operations within the EU.

DORA compliance is not just a regulatory obligation; it’s a critical business necessity. By proactively addressing DORA requirements, financial institutions can safeguard their operations, protect their reputation, and maintain a competitive edge within the EU market.

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What is DORA?

DORA stands for the Digital Operational Resilience Act, an EU regulation designed to manage and reduce technology risks in the financial sector.

When does DORA compliance need to be achieved?

Financial institutions in the EU are required to be DORA compliant by January 2025.

Who does DORA apply to?

DORA applies to financial institutions, including banks, financial services firms, insurance companies, and third-party service providers.

What are the key responsibilities under DORA compliance?

Key responsibilities include digital resilience testing, incident reporting and management, third-party risk management, and technology investments to meet DORA standards.

How can Runecast help with DORA compliance?

Runecast offers a comprehensive platform that provides visibility, vulnerability management, compliance assessment, and automation capabilities, helping organizations achieve and maintain DORA compliance.


DORA compliance is a significant challenge for financial institutions in the EU. However, organizations can overcome these challenges by following a maturity model and leveraging automation tools like Runecast’s platform. Achieving continuous compliance is vital for operational resilience and minimizing risks.

If you’re looking to achieve DORA compliance or have specific questions about your organization’s compliance efforts, you can reach out to Runecast for a personalized consultation. They will guide you through the process and help you optimize your systems for compliance and resilience.

More information about Runecast DORA is HERE.

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