Building Cybersecurity into the mergers and acquisitions process

Jun 12, 2017, 08:31 AM

Increasingly, organisations are waking up to the negative business impact of poor cybersecurity programmes and are taking cyber incidents more seriously in their mergers and acquisitions deals (e.g YAHOO! and Verizon). However, trying to get a grasp of the cyber profile of an organisation is extremely difficult – as integrity of information is often difficult to monitor. For companies to grow and become desirable for acquisition deals, they need to be able to demonstrate their cyber resilience strategies. Businesses must be able to prove to their stakeholders, clients, potential buyers and shareholders that they have taken every reasonable step to ensure that their mission critical information is protected. 

Steve Durbin, Managing Director ISF, discusses the nature of the mergers and acquisitions process in a digital age and offers insights into how organisations can build a strong cyber resilience programme to move with confidence as they pursue new acquisitions.