Guide to DORA Compliance by Partnering with an IT Company

Guide to DORA Compliance by Partnering with an IT Company

Published June 27, 2024

The Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) is a regulatory framework that aims to ensure the operational resilience of entities within the financial sector of the European Union. Achieving compliance can be a daunting task for many organisations, but partnering with the right IT company can streamline the process. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to achieve DORA compliance by working with an IT company.

Step 1: Understand Your Compliance Needs

Assess Your Current Situation

  • Conduct an initial assessment of your current digital operational resilience.
  • Identify gaps in compliance with DORA requirements.

Define Your Objectives

  • Outline specific compliance objectives based on the DORA regulations.
  • Determine the areas where you need the most assistance (e.g., risk management, ICT security, incident reporting).

Step 2: Choose the Right IT Partner

Research Potential Partners

  • Look for IT companies with the capabilities to search your needs. A complete solution provider is critical.
  • Most providers fail to have adequate cyber credentials and experience which is critical for DORA compliance, which means finding the right partner is critical before investing in the process.

Evaluate Expertise and Services

  • Ensure the IT company has expertise in cybersecurity, risk management, and other relevant areas.
  • Discuss their approach to DORA compliance and how they can address your specific needs.

Step 3: Conduct a Comprehensive Assessment

Work with the IT Company to:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment focusing on digital operational resilience.
  • Identify all aspects of your operations that fall under DORA’s scope.

Develop a Compliance Plan

  • Based on the assessment, create a comprehensive plan to address identified gaps.
  • Prioritise actions based on risk, impact, and regulatory urgency.

Step 4: Implement Compliance Measures

Leverage Technology Solutions

  • Deploy cybersecurity measures, data protection solutions, and incident response tools recommended by the IT company.
  • Consider cloud services and infrastructure upgrades to enhance resilience and flexibility.

Enhance Processes and Training

  • Work with the IT partner to develop or refine operational processes that meet DORA standards.
  • Implement training programs for staff on compliance practices and awareness.

Step 5: Regular Monitoring and Reporting

Establish Continuous Monitoring

  • Set up systems for the continuous monitoring of operational resilience.
  • Regularly review risk assessments and compliance status with your IT partner.

Prepare for Incident Reporting

  • Develop a robust incident reporting framework in line with DORA requirements.
  • Ensure you have the capability to quickly and efficiently report incidents as required.

Step 6: Review and Adapt

Conduct Regular Reviews

  • Schedule regular reviews of your DORA compliance status with the IT company.
  • Use these reviews to identify areas for improvement and to adapt to any changes in regulatory requirements.

Stay Informed on Regulatory Changes

  • Keep abreast of any updates to the DORA regulations or guidance.
  • Work with your IT partner to adjust your compliance strategy as necessary.


Achieving DORA compliance is an ongoing process that requires a deep understanding of the regulations, a comprehensive approach to risk management, and the right technological solutions. By partnering with React Computer Partnership, your organisation can navigate the complexities of compliance more efficiently, ensuring their operations are resilient and secure in the face of digital disruptions. This partnership not only helps in achieving compliance but also strengthens the overall operational resilience of the organisation.

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Published June 27, 2024

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