Global merger and acquisition activity reached record-breaking deal values in 2015 at over $4 trillion. These high levels of activity are expected to continue, making it all the more important to secure sensitive information. Failure to do so opens the door to threat actors looking to profit by exploiting financial markets and proprietary intellectual property.
This paper examines:
- Cyber risks or possible degradation to a company's security posture due to the M&A process
- Historical cases of threat actors
- Likely threats across the five-stages that companies typically go through during a merger or acquisition
- How to better understand the threats faced with M&A and how to mitigate accordingly