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Cybersecurity Is Critical to the M&A Due Diligence Process

Published: 30 April 2018

ID: G00259444

Analyst(s): Sam Olyaei


M&A can be a challenging transformation for an organization. The inability to manage the integration of cybersecurity practices poses its own risks. Security and risk management leaders must ensure appropriate due diligence and consider cybersecurity implications across the process.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Review the M&A Process
  • Conduct Spot Checks as Part of Your Screening Routine to Identify M&A Concerns
  • Begin Your Due Diligence Process by Performing a Combination of Assessments to Understand the Security Posture of the Entities in Question
    • Consider or Ask for Previous/Current Controls or Maturity Assessments for the Entities in Question
    • Ask for Previous Reports of Vulnerability Assessments and/or Penetration Tests
    • Analyze Program Documentation, Including Certifications
    • Consider a Workforce Staffing Strategy to Complement the Future Efforts of Both Organizations
    • Compile Information Into a Customized Risk Register for the M&A Process
  • Create an Action Plan — An M&A Cybersecurity Profile
  • Keep in Mind These Cautions When Undergoing the Due Diligence Process Generally

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