Information Security in Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions are a way of life for many organisations. More than 40% of acquiring companies engaged in a merger and acquisition transaction said they discovered a cybersecurity problem during the post-acquisition integration.
CISO365 help organisation gain visibility on the information security risks they are taking on in M&A’s and support the M&A in integration thereafter.
We do this by answering some of the many information security questions of the target M&A you may have -
Threat Profile – Is there any change in the threat profile of the acquiring company? Is the target processing new sensitive personal data? What’s the value of this data to attackers? Who would want to gain access to this new data? Where is the data?
Legal Profile – What additional data protection and privacy legalisation is the target M&A subject to? How compliant is the target MA& in compliance?
Due Diligence – A complete review of the M&A from an information security control perspective. What information security governance is in place? What technical security measures are in place? Are they adequate and effective? Has the target been impacted by any significant security breaches?
Once the decision has been made to merge or acquire, we can support the M&A through -
Policy Alignment – Benchmarking which organisation has the most adequate and effective policy and standards. Supporting any business unit in alignment to the agreed policy and standard.
Technology Alignment – Benchmarking which organisation has the most adequate and effective security technology. Supporting any business unit in alignment to the agreed enterprise security architecture.
People Alignment – Reviewing information security team structure, function and reporting lines. All ensuring you get maximum value from your new acquisition, ensuring any changes land in a positive way.
Your result, you have confidence information security due diligence is undertaken on potential acquisitions, you understand the information security posture and support the acquisition on migration to organisational information security policy and standards.