Baker Tilly Finds Vendor Management Increasingly Challenging for Financial Services Organizations

CHICAGO (February 2, 2015) – With nearly 58%1 of financial services organizations having between five and fifteen critical vendor relationships and increased focus on vendor controls by regulatory bodies, vendor management is becoming a challenge for banking, insurance and asset management companies. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) recently held an educational webinar, Understanding IT risks, security, and vendor management, to assist financial services organizations in managing these risks.

“The increased reliance on third-party vendors for data heavy processes makes vendor management more challenging,” said Christopher Tait, principal of risk services in Baker Tilly’s financial services practice. “Organizations are finding that, increasingly, they need more information and assurance from vendors throughout the lifecycle in order to satisfy their compliance requirements.”

49%2 of financial services organizations polled during the webinar have had to terminate a vendor relationship due to vendor performance issues. With multiple critical relationships, vetting and monitoring vendors is extremely important to avoid having to terminate a relationship or deal with potential compliance issues and their financial impact.

The webinar discussed:

  • Regulations focusing on third party oversight
  • Effective vendor management programs, including components of vendor risk assessment, considerations during vendor evaluation, and pillars of a comprehensive ongoing monitoring program

A recording of the webinar is available on-demand and the presentation slides are available for download.


  1. 57.6% of respondents answered “5-15.” Poll question during Understanding IT risks, security, and vendor management on Jan. 21, 2015.

  2. 49% of respondents answered “True” in response to whether they have had to terminate a vendor relationship due to poor vendor performance. Poll question during Understanding IT risks, security, and vendor management on Jan. 21, 2015.

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