Automated Control Testing

Automated control testing increases efficiency, accuracy, and compliance while reducing human error, ensuring robust security and regulatory adherence.

What is Automated Control Testing?

Automated Control Testing uses software tools to systematically evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of internal controls and compliance processes without manual intervention.

Efficiency and Accuracy

Automated Control Testing streamlines testing processes, reducing time and resource requirements while minimizing human errors for more reliable outcomes.

Consistency Across the Organization

It ensures the uniform application of controls throughout the organization, which is vital for standardizing processes in large or diverse entities.

Real-Time Monitoring and Immediate Issue Resolution

Enables continuous control monitoring and swift remediation of detected problems, essential in fast-changing risk landscapes.

Cost Savings

Although initial setup costs exist, automation leads to long-term savings by decreasing the need for manual labour in testing processes.

Regulatory Compliance and Data Insights

Facilitates adherence to regulatory mandates systematically and provides valuable data for ongoing control improvement and risk assessment.

Scalability and Governance Enhancement

Adaptable to organizational growth and changing regulations, automated testing reinforces governance structures by ensuring effective risk management and increasing stakeholder confidence.


BAAR-IGA helps verify the identity of your customers and assess associated risks effectively. Here are the key capabilities:

Predefined Control Libraries

By offering predefined control libraries, BAAR-IGA accelerates control testing processes, reduces manual effort, and consistently complies with regulatory mandates.

Continuous Monitoring

With continuous monitoring, BAAR-IGA enhances visibility into control performance, enabling organizations to detect and address compliance issues in real-time, reducing the risk of non-compliance and penalties.

Automated Test Execution

By automating test execution, BAAR-IGA improves efficiency and accuracy in control testing, enabling organizations to identify compliance gaps and vulnerabilities more effectively.

Centralized Reporting and Analysis

Through centralized reporting and analysis, BAAR-IGA enhances visibility and decision-making, empowering stakeholders to make informed decisions and prioritize remediation efforts effectively.

Customizable Test Automation

With customizable test automation, BAAR-IGA accommodates diverse compliance needs, empowering organizations to tailor control tests to their specific context and objectives.

Integration with Governance Frameworks

By integrating with governance frameworks, BAAR-IGA ensures consistency and adherence to regulatory mandates, streamlining compliance efforts and enhancing organizational resilience.

Scalability and Flexibility

With scalability and flexibility, BAAR-IGA accommodates the dynamic nature of modern IT infrastructures, ensuring organizations can effectively test controls regardless of their size or complexity.

Audit Trail and Documentation

By offering audit trail and documentation capabilities, BAAR-IGA helps organizations demonstrate accountability and transparency to auditors and regulators, reducing the risk of compliance disputes and penalties.


Effective Automated Control Testing enhances security, ensures compliance, reduces costs, improves accuracy, speeds up issue detection and remediation, and supports informed decision-making in governance and risk management.


Streamlined Compliance

Automated control testing simplifies meeting regulatory requirements within Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) by systematically verifying that access controls align with industry standards and regulations.

Enhanced Security Posture

Organizations can promptly identify and rectify vulnerabilities by continuously testing and validating the effectiveness of access controls, thereby strengthening their overall security framework.

Reduced Operational Costs

Automating the control testing process minimizes the need for manual testing efforts, leading to significant cost savings in terms of time and labour.

Improved Accuracy and Consistency

Automated testing reduces human error, ensuring control tests are performed consistently and accurately across all systems and applications.

Rapid Detection and Remediation of Issues

With real-time monitoring and testing, automated control testing enables quicker identification of control failures or anomalies, facilitating immediate corrective actions to mitigate potential risks.

Informed Decision-Making

The data collected from automated control tests provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of current controls and the organization’s risk exposure, supporting more informed governance and risk management decisions.

How we are different!

Integration Capabilities

The ability to seamlessly integrate with a wide range of systems and applications within the IT environment, ensuring comprehensive coverage and consistency in control testing across all access points.

Intelligent Anomaly Detection

Utilizes advanced algorithms and machine learning to perform routine tests and intelligently identify and alert on anomalies, offering predictive insights into potential control failures or security risks.

Customizable Testing Frameworks

Offers flexible and customizable testing frameworks that can be tailored to the organization’s specific needs and risk profiles, allowing for targeted control tests on critical assets and sensitive data.

Continuous Monitoring and Reporting

Provides continuous, real-time monitoring of control effectiveness and detailed reporting capabilities that deliver actionable insights, enabling timely decision-making and ensuring ongoing compliance with regulatory standards.

Case Study

Streamlining Operational Effectiveness Testing of IT controls at a bank


The Bank, a mid-sized financial institution, faced challenges in efficiently testing the operational effectiveness of its IT controls. With a complex IT infrastructure and stringent regulatory requirements, manual testing procedures were time-consuming, prone to errors, and lacked scalability. The Bank implemented Business Activity Automated Risk Identification and Governance Assessment (BAAR-IGA), an innovative automated testing solution to address these issues. This case study explores how BAAR-IGA transformed The Bank’s testing processes, enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and regulatory compliance.

The Bank operates in a highly regulated industry, subject to strict compliance mandates, including those outlined by regulatory bodies such as the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Compliance requires regular IT control testing to ensure customer data and financial transactions’ security, integrity, and confidentiality. Manual testing methods involved significant human effort were time-intensive and often failed to provide comprehensive insights into control effectiveness.


Manual Testing: Traditional manual testing processes consume excessive time and resources, diverting personnel from strategic initiatives.
Error-Prone: Human errors in manual testing compromised the accuracy and reliability of results, increasing regulatory compliance risks.
Scalability Issues: The Bank’s expanding IT infrastructure necessitated a more scalable and efficient testing solution to accommodate growth.
Compliance Mandates: Stringent regulatory requirements demanded a robust and reliable testing framework to demonstrate compliance with industry standards.


The Bank partnered with BAAR-IGA, a cutting-edge automated testing platform designed for financial institutions. BAAR-IGA leverages advanced analytics, machine learning algorithms, and artificial intelligence to automate IT controls’ identification, assessment, and testing.


Requirements Analysis: The Bank collaborated with the technology solutions provider to define testing objectives, regulatory requirements, and key performance indicators (KPIs).
Customization: BAAR-IGA was tailored to align with The Bank’s unique IT infrastructure, control environment, and compliance mandates.
Integration: BAAR-IGA was seamlessly integrated with The Bank’s existing IT systems, databases, and applications to facilitate data exchange and analysis.
Training: Comprehensive training programs were conducted to familiarize The Bank’s personnel with BAAR-IGA’s functionalities, features, and best practices.


Enhanced Efficiency: BAAR-IGA significantly reduced testing cycle times, enabling The Bank to reallocate resources to strategic initiatives and value-added activities.
Improved Accuracy: Automation minimized human errors, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of testing results, thereby reducing compliance risks.
Scalability: BAAR-IGA’s scalability accommodated The Bank’s evolving IT landscape, enabling seamless testing across multiple systems and platforms.
Regulatory Compliance: BAAR-IGA provided comprehensive insights into control effectiveness, enabling The Bank to demonstrate compliance with regulatory mandates and industry standards.
Cost Savings: Automation reduced operational costs associated with manual testing, delivering tangible cost savings and improving overall cost-efficiency.


By implementing BAAR-IGA, The Bank successfully automated the testing of operational effectiveness of IT controls, overcoming the challenges posed by manual testing methods. The adoption of BAAR-IGA resulted in enhanced efficiency, improved accuracy, scalability, regulatory compliance, and cost savings. The Bank’s experience serves as a testament to the transformative impact of automation in optimizing testing processes and achieving regulatory compliance in the financial services industry.

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