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    OSFI Proposes Third-Party Risk Guideline and Publishes Risk Outlook

    April 27, 2022

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    The revised guideline on third-party risk management emphasizes on governance and risk management programs and sets outcomes-focused, principles-based expectations for federally regulated financial institutions on the sound management of third-party risk. OSFI incorporated feedback received from previous consultations on its 2019 Third-Party Risk Study, 2020 Technology Risk Discussion Paper, and draft Technology and Cyber Risk Management Guideline (Guideline B-13) to modify its approach to expectations on technology and cyber risk in third-party arrangements. OSFI plans to issue the final guideline in Fall 2022, along with a non-attributed summary of comments received and its response to those comments. In addition, OSFI recognized that a federally endorsed framework will be developed to govern consumer-directed data mobility within the financial sector. The revised guideline includes principal changes with respect to:

    • Expanded Scope—applies to a significantly wider variety of third-party arrangements including risks posed by traditional outsourcing arrangements, external entities and material subcontractors.
    • Widened Risk Lens—increased focus on third-party and related risks such as technology, cyber, data security, financial, operational, business continuity management, subcontracting/supply chain, and concentration risks.
    • Enhanced Risk Focus—adoption of risk-based approach instead of the previous binary approach (“material” vs. “non-material” outsourcing). Third-parties are expected to be managed according to individual levels of risk and criticality.
    • Modernized Guidance—manage third-party risk by setting clear outcomes and principles and streamlined processes.

    The Annual Risk Outlook report outlines the risks faced by the financial system in Canada, along with the regulatory and supervisory response of OSFI to those risks. The risks include cyberattacks, housing market downturn, digital innovation, climate change, third-party, commercial real estate market downturn, and corporate debt funding. In addition, OSFI published near-term plan along with the timelines of guidance priorities for federally regulated financial institutions and private pensions in 2022-23. Key highlights of the report are as follows:

    • Cyberattacks Risk—OSFI highlighted the need for active monitoring and supervision of federally regulated financial institutions’ technology and cyber resilience. OSFI published an updated cyber-security self-assessment tool, enhanced the Technology & Cyber Incident Advisory reporting requirements and is also working on a pilot program “intelligence-led cyber resilience testing” (I-CRT) to help institutions identify weaknesses in technology and cyber security controls and to test their overall cyber resiliency. In 2022, OSFI further plans to consult on a draft revised Guideline E-21 on Operational Risk Management, and finalize the draft Guideline B-13 on Technology and Cyber Risk Management.
    • Digital Innovation Risk—OSFI plans to publish an advisory that will clarify the capital and liquidity requirements to be applied to federally regulated financial institutions crypto asset exposures. OSFI also plans on providing additional clarity to federally regulated financial institutions in 2022 on areas of risk management and governance that are specific to stablecoin arrangements.
    • Climate Change Risk—OSFI plans to issue guidance to set out expectations of institutions’ climate risk management and climate-related financial disclosures in 2022-23. OSFI will continue to work on other policy initiatives, including enhancing climate data and analytics capabilities, developing a standardized climate scenario analysis exercise for institutions, and assessing the need to reflect the unique features of climate-related risks in the regulatory capital framework.


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    Keywords: Americas, Canada, Banking, Insurance, Securities, Third-Party Risk, Cyber Risk, Guideline B-13, Business Continuity, Operational Risk, Concentration Risk, Annual Risk Outlook, Climate Change Risk, ESG, Basel, Regtech, Crypto-Asset Regulation, Cloud Service Providers, OSFI, Headline

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