BCBS Outsourcing Guidelines

What Are the BCBS Outsourcing Guidelines?


The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) has published several outsourcing guidelines to ensure that banks manage their outsourcing arrangements carefully and wisely and do not undermine their resilience.

These guidelines are relevant only to banks and other financial institutions that outsource parts of their processes.

The key principles of the guidelines include:

  • Due diligence — Banks should conduct thorough due diligence on potential outsourcing providers, assessing their financial stability, operational capabilities, and cybersecurity practices.

  • Clear responsibilities — Contracts should clearly define the responsibilities of both the bank and the service provider, including risk management, reporting, and audit rights.

  • Business continuity – Banks should have contingency plans in place to address disruptions or termination of outsourcing arrangements.

  • Supervisory oversight — Regulators should have the authority to oversee banks’ outsourcing practices and ensure compliance with relevant guidelines.


MergeBase and the BCBS Outsourcing Guidelines


The BCBS Outsourcing Guidelines are relevant only to banks and other financial institutions, and since we are not a bank, they are irrelevant to MergeBase.


How Can MergeBase Help You Comply with the BCBS Outsourcing Guidelines?


MergeBase’s potential to support BCBS outsourcing guidelines compliance depends on the guidelines relevant to your specific situation and outsourcing context.

However, it can potentially contribute in certain areas, including:

  • Vulnerability Management. By identifying and remediating vulnerabilities in open-source components used by the vendor, MergeBase can provide insights into the vendor’s security posture during due diligence.

  • Software Supply Chain Transparency. MergeBase can offer visibility into the vendor’s use of open-source components, helping assess potential dependencies and risks.

Overall, MergeBase can be a valuable tool for banks complying with BCBS outsourcing guidelines by providing insights into vendor security posture, facilitating communication and accountability, and mitigating certain risks.

However, do not consider it a standalone solution. You should implement a comprehensive risk management program, integrate MergeBase appropriately, and ensure contractual clarity with vendors to fully meet the guidelines and their specific outsourcing needs.