Banks must ‘significantly upgrade’ IT systems for risk compliance

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20 December 2013

Banks are unable to adequately assess financial risk due to delays in upgrading IT systems, according to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

The committee, which consists of a number of international regulation authorities, released guidelines in January aimed at improving bank IT systems which were deemed “inadequate” for identifying risk following the global financial crisis. Banks designated as critical to global financial stability are expected to meet the committee’s requirements to improve systems by 2016.

A progress report released this week highlighted that only 10 of the 30 banks surveyed will fully comply with the committee’s demands by the deadline, and “need to significantly upgrade their risk IT systems and governance arrangements”.

“Many banks are facing difficulties in establishing strong data aggregation governance, architecture and processes, which represent the initial stage of implementation,” the committee said in a statement. “Instead, they resort to extensive manual workarounds.”

The main reason for missing the deadline is due to “large, ongoing, multi-year IT and data-related projects” extending past this period, with one bank not expected to be compliant until 2018.

The committee called for more centralised management of data, such as meta data, and better accountability throughout the data lifecycle.

The committee said that in order to effectively support risk data aggregation and risk reporting practices, banks must resolve the “significant limitations currently affecting their risk IT systems”.

At a financial management event last month, HSBC’s chief data officer Peter Serenita warned that no financial firm has implemented data management as ‘business as usual’, despite regulatory demands around risk reporting.

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