Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) information security

Providing the information security assurances needed during the Merger & Acquisition due diligence process

Our Mergers & Acquisitions information security service

Information security should be a key part of any Merger & Acquisition due diligence process, providing those involved with the opportunity to identify and manage potential information security risks before proceeding. 

Over the years, we have worked with numerous companies during the M&A process and fully understand the cost & reputational implications of acquiring software applications, or additional infrastructure, without thorough investigation. 

So, whether you’re looking to demonstrate credibility to potential buyers, discover the resilience of a proposed technology acquisition or wish to assess the security posture of a potential merger opportunity, we’re here to provide you with the valuable information security services you need. 

Demonstrate credibility to potential buyers

We work with companies looking to attract M&A opportunities, helping improve their security posture to withstand the scrutiny of the due diligence process and helping them demonstrate credibility to prospective buyers.

Obtain information security assurances

Our service can provide you with the information security assurances you need as part of your Mergers or Acquisitions due diligence process, giving you the confidence that security risks identified have been mitigated before completion.

Protect your investment & reputation

An information security breach can lead to financial, operational & reputational damage. Conducting information security due diligence will help you to mitigate these risks, ensuring your investment is as secure as possible.

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What we review

Our M&A service will be tailored to each engagement and will be based on your exact requirements. Whilst every engagement is different, examples of what we can review include: 

Estate Discovery

One of the fundamental IT security challenges with acquiring an organisation is the shadow IT visibility gap’ between assumed, or known infrastructure, and what exists. Our estate discovery service provides real-time visibility of connected devices across an entire estate, providing you with a full picture of the potential risks. 

Infrastructure (External & Internal)

Our network infrastructure testing is designed to investigate external networks (publicly facing networks) and/or internal networks (the servers, devices and software that make up the internal networks), identifying security issues to ensure effective security measures are in place. 

Applications (Web & Mobile)

Our application testing is aligned with industry standards such as OWASP and will look to identify, and classify, as many issues as possible within a target application. This will provide a full picture of the associated risks and our remediation advice, whether looking to acquire the software itself or the wider organisation. 

Red Teaming

A red team engagement is designed to simulate a likely real-world threat, demonstrating if it is possible for an attacker to gain access to an organisation and its most sensitive assets. This type of testing goes much deeper, looking at the broad organisation rather than a specific network infrastructure or application. 

Not sure what you need?

Our team will be happy to discuss your individual requirements and provide a no obligation proposal based on your needs.

Our Merger & Acquisition information security process

Every M&A engagement goes through a rigorous process to ensure you get the best possible results. Below we outline the key stages our engagements go through: 

1. Scoping

Your dedicated account manager (AM) will work closely with you to understand your business, the M&A process, and your desired outcomes. The AM will then work with the assigned Pentest consultants & your stakeholders to ensure testing meets your exact needs

2. Proposal

A bespoke proposal of work will be drawn up based on your requirements, our experience and our consultant’s expertise. This proposal will outline our recommended approach, the prerequisites needed & the time required to investigate the target.

3. Testing

Testing will commence on the agreed date and our consultants will communicate with you throughout the engagement, to your set requirements. All testing is conducted manually, and we will look to identify as many issues as possible in the time allowed.

4. Reporting

A comprehensive, quality assured report of our findings will be delivered following the test. Our reports can be tailored to your needs, providing both a technical and managerial overview of findings, as well as our detailed remediation advice.

5. Post-test support

Our job doesn’t finish on the delivery of a report, your test consultant will be available after the test to explain any aspect of the report, as well as provide remediation support to internal teams and/or external stakeholders.

6. Evidence of testing

Many of our clients need to supply evidence of testing as part of their M&A due diligence process. We can supply additional documentation which will provide robust assurances to your internal and/or external stakeholders.

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