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5 Hidden Pitfalls in Cybersecurity Due Diligence

Key Considerations to Facilitate Smooth M&As

As the list of cybersecurity breaches grows daily and headlines grow more shocking – think Home Depot, Target, Anthem, Yahoo!, WannaCry – the importance of cybersecurity in M&A due diligence has correspondingly increased. Do you want to purchase a company that’s been compromised? How would you know even know if it’s been breached? 

Corporate directors have cited the importance of cybersecurity for M&A targets as increasingly significant, according to 77 percent of a recent study’s respondents, but it continues to be treated generally, putting companies at risk.

At the highest level, buyers should ask the following questions as it relates to cybersecurity during the due diligence process: