Mergers & Acquisitions Assessment

Mergers & Acquisitions Assessment


Mergers & Acquisitions Threat Analysis Assessment

Applying the right amount due diligence in the key focus areas is an imperative part of the M&A process. Unfortunately though, this is all too often overlooked or poorly implemented, and as history has proved – acquisitions in the past have become costly investments for many businesses due to suffering a cyber breach. Do you really understand the threats you are inheriting?

We help our clients assess, reduce risk and address potential security gaps throughout the mergers and acquisitions process. We analyse and evaluate the acquisitions environment(s) to establish what threats may be present. After the engagement the client receives a report outlining the findings and recommendations. The findings will assist in the decision on whether initiatives to connect the business networks should continue or if additional remediation/mitigation efforts are required before the systems are integrated.

Understand the threats your business could inherit

We assess the below areas to establish a thorough insight into the acquisitions security program and its effectiveness. The below are the areas often considered the highest risk for M&A’s


  • Evaluates the data protection framework and capabilities
  • Determines whether adequate data classification and identification capabilities exist
  • Defines high-target information assets
  • Data storage and external data transfer mechanisms are reviewed


  • Reviews the access controls policy and procedures
  • Assesses whether suggested security controls appear to be leveraged
  • Reduces the risk of inappropriate access to sensitive data
  • Onboarding and termination procedures are reviewed
  • Ensures proper controls are enforced for data access


  • Reviews existing people, processes, and technologies deployed
  • Detects, analyzes, escalates, responds to, and contains advanced attacks
  • Determines whether an incident is detected
  • Assesses if the current capabilities are able to respond and contain a threat?


  • Reviews protection mechanisms, policies, processes, and configurations deployed throughout the network and endpoints
  • Ensures that effective controls are in place to prevent compromise
  • Reviews email/web filtering, IPS/IDS, remote access tools, and monitoring capabilities
  • Determines maturity and level of protection


  • Performs a series of baseline internal/external vulnerability assessments
  • Documents all known enterprise vulnerabilities
  • Reviews key assets for known Indicators of Compromise (IoCs)
  • Determines if an adversary may have already breached the target’s systems




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