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OSFI launches consultation on technology risks in the financial sector
[September 15, 2020]

OSFI launches consultation on technology risks in the financial sector


OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 15, 2020 /CNW/ - Today the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) launched a three-month consultation with the publication of a discussion paper, Developing financial sector resilience in a digital world.  The paper focuses on risks arising from rapid technological advancement and digitalization, as these trends impact the stability of the Canadian financial sector.   

This consultation supports OSFI's strategic objective to ensure that federally-regulated financial institutions and pension plans are better prepared to identify and develop resilience to non-financial risks before they negatively affect their financial condition. While technology is a key enabler for financial institutions and financial consumers, its widespread use and rapid adoption can pose risks in many different areas of the business if not properly understood and managed.

Understanding the financial sector's use of technology and how technology risks are managed is central to this consultation. OSFI's discussion paper focuses on the risk areas of cyber security, advanced analytics (artificial intelligence and machine learning), and the use of third party services such as cloud computing.

OSFI is seeking feedback from a wide range of stakeholders including financial sector participants, technology experts, and academics. Their input will help guide OSFI's regulatory and supervisory approaches to technology risks that meet our mandate of protecting depositors, policyholders and private pension plan beneficiaries while allowing institutions to compete and take risks.

OSFI welcomes comments and submissions on the discussion paper by December 15, 2020. Feedback should be sent to Tech.Paper@osfi-bsif.gc.ca.



Quote

"Digital technology continues to transform the financial sector. The pace of change has only increased since the pandemic began. This consultation will help OSFI to refine its regulatory and supervisory framework in a complex, rapidly changing digital world. The contributions received and the discussions that will occur will support effective risk management and enhance resilience in the Canadian financial sector."


Ben Gully, Assistant Superintendent, Regulation Sector

Quick facts

OSFI's Strategic Plan 2019-2022 aims to ensure that Federally Regulated Financial Institutions are better prepared to identify and develop resilience to non-financial risks before these risks negatively affect their financial condition.

This paper builds upon existing OSFI supervisory expertise and regulatory guidance to address the issues arising from technology risks. OSFI's existing guidance includes:

Associated links

Developing financial sector resilience in a digital world: Selected themes in technology and related risks (discussion paper)

Strengthening Third Party Risk Management (infographic)

About OSFI

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is an independent agency of the Government of Canada, established in 1987, to protect depositors, policyholders, financial institution creditors and pension plan members, while allowing financial institutions to compete and take reasonable risks.

SOURCE Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions


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