Model risk defense

What is model risk defense?

The process to define, develop, validate, and release a new model into production is often referred to as the model development life cycle. This life cycle is divided up in three areas of responsibilities or as it is referred to in the Financial Services industry - three lines of defense.

These responsibilities are divided between three organizational roles - 1st line, 2nd line, and 3rd line of defense - that are tasked to manage a model's life cycle and risk.

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For Model Developers

The 1st line of defense is the responsibility of the model business owner and the model developer.

This group defines the business requirements and translates them into model proposals, gathers, cleans, and formats data that will be used within the model, and develops and extensively tests the model to ensure it delivers the intended business use case output. They are also responsible for documenting any results, testing, and assumptions applied to the model.

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    Faster Go-To-Market Deployment

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For Model Validator Teams

The 2nd line of defense is the responsibility of the model risk management and validation team. This team assesses the model risk independent of the team that built the model (and thus created the risk exposure).

The validation team reviews and evaluates the model and the model documentation to ensure it complies with commercial and regulatory requirements and that the model delivers on the intended business use case subject to regulatory requirements. The validation team must also challenge the assumptions made by the model developer before approving the model for production deployment.

  • Centralized, Consolidated View

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  • Effective & Systematic Model Validation

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    Ease of Reporting

    ValidMind helps you create documentation templates for each model use case. This makes it easy to generate reproducible and regulatory-compliant documentation for every model.



For Audit Teams

The 3rd line of defense is the responsibility of internal and external auditors, as well as regulatory bodies (such as the Federal Reserve or FDIC in the US).
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    With ValidMind all documentation, validations, communications, and specifications, including any modifications, are recorded for audit purposes.

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    Easy export of any audit trail to preferred formats, such as PDF.