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Cybersecurity for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

Buying a risky or vulnerable company is avoidable, and what you don’t know when it comes to cybersecurity and compliance can hurt you. Even with insurance or financial indemnification, this lack of awareness can cause problems that are harmful to your organization, such as cybersecurity breaches risking your brand or cyber-related compliance requirements being poorly understood. ProCircular offers help with cybersecurity for mergers and acquisitions, providing expert insights for either party during a transaction.

Cybersecurity for mergers and acquisitions is becoming more important than ever, especially with the ever-increasing complexity of the corporate compliance landscape and the growing sophistication of data breaches and hacks. No M&A strategy is complete without taking cybersecurity considerations into account.

ProCircular’s Cyber Due Diligence for M&A services assist both buy and sell-side firms in quantifying, addressing and mitigating M&A cybersecurity risks. 

What is cybersecurity due diligence?

Cyber due diligence is the process of finding and mitigating cyber risks across your devices and networks. Cybersecurity due diligence is especially important in the context of M&A because it’s important to know if all parties involved have strong security protocols in place.

Why is due diligence important in mergers and acquisitions?

In order to get a full picture of a company’s risks and vulnerabilities, the parties involved in a merger or acquisition must conduct thorough due diligence audits. All M&A due diligence assessments should include reviews of all network systems and digital assets.

IT and cybersecurity risks are frequently an afterthought when completing due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. As a result, integration costs are often greatly underestimated, internal and external cybersecurity risks are overlooked and the overall value of the deal is reduced. Overlooking or underestimating cyber risks also leaves the organization open to a potential cyber incident. 

A cyber due diligence M&A assessment gives buyers a clearer picture of a company’s cybersecurity risks and helps prevent the possibility of a cyber attack, data breach or other incident.

What Do Businesses Get With M&A Cybersecurity Strategy & Due Dilligence?

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A cybersecurity strategic roadmap report and an executive presentation outlining the highlights of findings and overall recommendations

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A quantified assessment of risk with high-level cost estimates and timeliness for remediation recommendations

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A concise statement summarizing ProCircular’s opinion, from a cyber standpoint, on whether or not the acquisition should proceed

ProCircular’s Cybersecurity Due Diligence Services for Mergers and Acquisitions

ProCircular’s cyber experts are knowledgeable about the vast variety of cybersecurity considerations for mergers and acquisitions. When we work with a company on M&A cyber due diligence, we perform a cyber resilience assessment against national standards and summarize the company’s relative strengths and weaknesses. We then provide an assessment of risk, high-level ideas for fixes and a statement to summarize whether we recommend the deal to move forward, from a cyber standpoint.

We aim to be a trusted partner as you navigate the M&A process, helping you identify M&A cyber risks and avoid a security nightmare.

What is covered under information security due diligence?

Cyber due diligence for M&A includes identifying cyber risks, including exploring whether the company has had cyber incidents in the past, how they handled it and how to prevent future issues. Other cyber security considerations for mergers and acquisitions include remediation recommendations, cost analysis and potential impact on the deal.

Cybersecurity Considerations for Mergers and Acquisitions

The following areas will be evaluated during ProCircular’s M&A cyber risk assessment process:

  • Cybersecurity Program Maturity Review
  • Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) Documentation Review
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Infrastructure Inventory & Analysis
  • Strategic Roadmap
  • External Vulnerability Exploitation
  • External & Internal Vulnerability Assessment
  • Dark Web Credential Scan
  • Web Application Analysis (Smoke Test)

Why Should Businesses Work With ProCircular On M&A Cybersecurity Concerns?

Our unique mix of compliance and technical teams provides a complete picture of risks within tight timelines and compressed schedules. Also, our up-to-the-minute intel on the latest threats from our incident response projects informs our work and exposes the latest cybersecurity risks, fortifying the essential cyber component of due diligence in mergers and acquisitions scenarios.

Reach out to the ProCircular team to learn more about our cyber due diligence M&A services and get a free quote today.