Cybersecurity for Mergers & Acquisitions 

Cybersecurity has become a top priority for company leaders, boards of directors and audit committees. Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures make the need for cybersecurity even more acute. 

When you’re buying

M&A decision-makers must fully understand the potential risks a data breach would pose to critical business assets and functions, from intellectual property (IP) and operations to customer information. Ignoring these cybersecurity risks in M&A can leave a buyer exposed to a range of risks, including diminished revenues, profits, market value, market share, and brand reputation.

We can help you understand any potential risks appropriately. We can help you identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by potential hackers, quantify cyber risks as they relate to the deal and manage the mitigation or remediation of cyber risks.

When you’re divesting

The key to selling a business is maximizing value while protecting your remaining business. We can identify and monitor potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited during a separation as well as maintain preparedness for data privacy and regulatory compliance.

We can also help you mitigate M&A cyber threats to your remaining business by closing potential avenues of attack that could open post-separation, making sure critical assets are not inadvertently transferred and assessing the risk control governance structure.

We help address the M&A cyber risk to your business by:

  • Discovering hidden risks, such as technical vulnerabilities in your target company, data privacy non-compliance and signs of cyberattacks that could be happening right now

  • Valuing cyber risk for specific events, such as thefts of customer data or IP, or business and operational disruption

  • Identify and quantify cyber vulnerabilities or gaps in regulatory compliance helping you demonstrate to the board and regulators that you are proactively mitigating cyber risk — while protecting deal value and strategic drivers

  • Reducing threats to the remaining company that can occur when companies separate, such as inadvertent loss of IP or exposure of critical assets

  • Interview IT staff about current alignment to industry best practices

  • Review network architecture

  • Perform internal and external vulnerability scans

  • Perform external web application vulnerability scans

  • Darkweb search for compromised email accounts 

  • Chatroom search 

  • Any available intel on the target company

  • Create a detailed report containing all of the above

  • Create an executive summary for presenting

  • Create a list of projects and costs associated with remediation along with priorities

  • Present to acquiring company execs

The bottom line is that all firms – big and small – need to be careful with data to protect themselves and their clients. Practice good cyber hygiene and make sure your providers and vendors follow suit. You can never outsource accountability. This includes ongoing employee awareness training and testing, patching, conducting regular vulnerability risk assessments, implementing and monitoring a disaster recovery plan.

Cyberlitica is in the business of cyber risk management. We prevent companies’ digital information and intellectual property from being held hostage by cybercriminals.


Contact us: or 917-216-9444