Financial institutions have experienced significant volatility, as well as increased scrutiny from shareholders, regulatory agencies and the general public. Numerous questions are becoming more prevalent in the minds of stakeholders:
- What are we doing to proactively identify existing and emerging operational risks?
- Do our existing risk management practices, including our internal audit process, effectively address these risks?
Financial institutions need a laser-focused risk management approach with a robust internal audit process to effectively address operational risks. Identifying emerging risks, in addition to testing past events and transactions, is now a shareholder expectation. The board of directors, audit committee and senior management must be confident the internal audit function addresses the effectiveness of key internal controls.
Creating an internal audit function to leverage existing risk management practices can help an institution effectively mitigate risks that could inhibit the achievement of strategic goals. The internal audit function must be tailored to test the institution’s controls over specific risks rather than functioning as the control. An unfocused approach could leave stakeholders unable to identify and manage risks.
In an environment where institutions must critically examine spending, BKD's dedicated financial services professionals can help your institution identify and manage risks by identifying and testing controls. Our consultative and tailored approach can provide insight into industry best practices that can be utilized by stakeholders to achieve strategic objectives. In addition to outsourced or co-sourced internal audit service arrangements, we can provide multiple specialized services to complete your internal audit strategy:
- Risk assessment
- Asset/liability and liquidity risk management testing
- ACH testing
- Trust procedures
- Quality assessment review of institution functions
- Process & operation reviews
- PIN security (TR-39)
BKD can assist in identifying limitations and weaknesses in your control structure while providing best practices specific to your institution and working to strengthen your risk management strategy. Strengthening your risk management strategy by enhancing your internal audit function can help stakeholders sleep better at night.
Bank of Ann Arbor
“I have found BKD to be very professional, knowledgeable and responsive to our needs. Their guidance has been instrumental to our bank and the benefits of their advice go well beyond the initial loan review process.”
— Tim Marshall, President & Chief Executive Officer
Bank of Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan