Investment M&A Industry
The Case for Cyber Due Diligence During
Mergers & Acquisitions
During the Merger and Acquisition (M&A) process, the assessment of the target organization’s cybersecurity is paramount. M&A teams must perform cybersecurity assessments to minimize exposure to cyber risks and maximize cyber resilience.
Identify Cyber Concerns During M&A
Assessing risks across the financial, business, and operational domains is well-established and accepted as protocol; however, the cybersecurity domain is often seen as a secondary concern, which is an affront to due diligence. Cybersecurity assessment is critical and needs to be prioritized during the M&A due diligence process.
At an early stage, M&A teams need to assess the target organization’s cyber culture to identify any issues or concerns as well as to uncover any hidden liabilities that may affect the M&A valuation. Further, such assessments mitigate any possibility of surprises that may jeopardize the deal or the public announcement. Most important, an early and successful cybersecurity assessment will assist in an efficient and effective corporate integration with any needed upgrades accounted for.
Due Diligence & Remediation Processes
CISO Global brings both the experience
and expertise to support the M&A lifecycle.
Review historical penetration test reports: High-level identification of red flags
Review historical risk assessment reports: High level identification of cyber assets and liabilities
Dark Web Scan: Identification of any exfiltrated data, compromised credentials, and other sensitive corporate information currently in the hands of cyber attackers
Synergy and Value Qualification
In-depth Penetration Test with detailed report: Full-access security testing on all areas of the target environment to uncover key vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit
In-depth Risk Assessment with detailed report: Assessment of target’s cybersecurity controls to identify gaps and prioritize remediation plan
Itemized Cost Analysis: Provide estimated remediation costs for integration planning and/or negotiations
- Update patching and vulnerability management
- Security monitoring (MDR, XDR, SIEM)
- Update cybersecurity policies and procedures
- Security awareness training
- Vendor reviews to mitigate 3rd party supply chain risk
- Backup and recovery architecture
- Firewall audit and update
- Identify architectural weaknesses
- Secure code review
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