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Mergers and Acquisitions Turn Strategic Growth Objectives into Realities

The rate of mergers and acquisitions is rapidly increasing – with many organizations utilizing M&A for strategic business growth and market expansion. A recent study found that 79 percent of businesses expect the number of M&A deals they close in the next year to increase from the previous year. When conducting an M&A transaction, it is critical to be aware of the risks associated with the existing IT infrastructure your organization is acquiring. Unknown vulnerabilities within the acquired IT infrastructure then become your vulnerabilities, posing huge risk for your organization’s operations, reputation, and bottom line. Choosing a security partner to assist your organization in planning for and making strategic decisions across the M&A lifecycle will help to secure the long-term success of your investment.

Securing the Long Term Success of Your Investment

Our team partners with clients to ensure proper cybersecurity due diligence prior to a merger or acquisition, assessing the effectiveness of the acquired security program and equipping you with the knowledge necessary to make wise decisions. Through our cybersecurity due diligence services, your organization will receive a clear and comprehensive understanding of the outstanding risks associated with your investment and how those risks could impact your organization’s security posture. Our cybersecurity due diligence services for M&A include policies and procedures review, risk assessments, advanced penetration testing, and threat hunting and dark web analysis.

 

Policies and Procedures Review

A review of policies and procedures will assess the inherent strengths of internal processes, adherence to regulations, and the state of the organization’s overall IT governance.

Risk Assessments

Our team will assess the organizational structure, staffing and governance, IT general control environment, internal control environment, application and infrastructure environment, and review IT contracts and software license agreements to determine the potential risks associated with the organization’s IT environment.

Advanced Penetration Testing

By manually emulating the aggressive actions of true attackers, advanced penetration testing goes beyond compliance-accepted common vulnerability scans that identify publicly-known vulnerabilities to find, exploit, and leverage organization-specific vulnerabilities, including both publicly-known and unknown, to gain access and determine the impact of that access on an organization.

Threat Hunting and Dark Web Analysis

To determine the scope of damage of previous or unknown attacks on the organization, our team of cyber operations specialists will conduct attacker-centric open source intelligence gathering, including dark web analysis, for compromised credentials, emails, and other corporate information related to the organization.

Threat Hunting is an in-depth inspection of each node within the organization’s security architecture. Its purpose is to identify any potential compromises of data confidentiality, integrity, and availability, to evaluate security architecture, instrumentation and controls, and to provide specific actionable guidance on appropriate response and remediation steps, should a previous compromise be identified.