AWS is pleased to announce the issuance of a second Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) ISAE 3000 Type 2 attestation report. The latest report covers the period from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, with a total of 141 AWS services and 23 global AWS Regions included in the scope.

A full list of certified services and Regions are presented within the published FINMA report; customers can download the latest report from AWS Artifact.

The FINMA ISAE 3000 Type 2 report, conducted by an independent third-party audit firm, provides Swiss financial industry customers with the assurance that the AWS control environment is appropriately designed and implemented to address key operational risks, as well as risks related to outsourcing and business continuity management.

FINMA circulars

The report covers the five core FINMA circulars applicable to Swiss banks and insurers in the context of outsourcing arrangements to the cloud. These FINMA circulars are intended to assist Swiss-regulated financial institutions in understanding approaches to due diligence, third-party management, and key technical and organizational controls that should be implemented in cloud outsourcing arrangements, particularly for material workloads.

The report’s scope covers, in detail, the requirements of the following FINMA circulars:

  • 2018/03 Outsourcing – banks, insurance companies and selected financial institutions under FinIA;
  • 2008/21 Operational Risks – Banks – Principle 4 Technology Infrastructure (31.10.2019);
  • 2008/21 Operational Risks – Banks – Appendix 3 Handling of electronic Client Identifying Data (31.10.2019);
  • 2013/03 Auditing – Information Technology (04.11.2020);
  • 2008/10 Self-regulation as a minimum standard – Minimum Business Continuity Management (BCM) minimum standards proposed by the Swiss Insurance Association (01.06.2015) and Swiss Bankers Association (29.08.2013);

Customers can continue to use the detailed FINMA workbooks that include detailed control mappings for each FINMA circular covered under this audit report; these workbooks are available on AWS Artifact. Where applicable, under the AWS shared responsibility model, these workbooks provide best practices guidance using AWS Well-Architected to assist Swiss customers in their own preparation for alignment with FINMA circulars.

As always, AWS is committed to bringing new services into the future scope of our FINMA program based on customers’ architectural and regulatory needs. Please reach out to your AWS account team if you have questions or feedback about the FINMA report.

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Niyaz Noor

Niyaz is the Security Audit Program Manager at AWS. Niyaz leads multiple security certification programs across Europe and other regions. During his professional career, he has helped multiple cloud service providers in obtaining global and regional security certification. He is passionate about delivering programs that build customers’ trust and provide them assurance on cloud security.