Secure Business M&A With Software For Secure Business M&A

As mergers and purchases (M&As) increase all over the world cybersecurity is more critical than ever. The stakes are high, should confidential information be accidentally divulged to bad actors during M&A due diligence, or is accidentally revealed in the post-M&A process of integration and operations.

The good news is that the right software can help M&A CISOs ensure the integrity of data, ensure compliance, and safeguard against the dangers associated with M&A activities. The right data room solution integrates digital tools into an integrated platform that permits easy file uploads, single sign-on, and a complete auditing. This assists compliance teams in maintaining control by making sure that they do not accidentally disclose information.

Virtual data rooms can be an ideal tool for managing the M&A processes from due diligence through post-M&A operations and integration. VDRs make it simple for authorized users to read and comment on sensitive documents without the risk of leaks. They also let users create activity reports that show who has read or accessed specific pages of documents. These reports can deter bad actors from leaking data because they can trace them back to individual users. They also permit M&A CISOs to evaluate the level of interest from potential buyers or investors.

Many M&A transactions are based on intellectual property. Virtual data rooms are employed by life science companies to manage everything from clinical trial results to HIPAA compliance, from licensing IP and the storage of patient files. It is not unusual for companies to be asked to review and supply large volumes of documents during M&A due-diligence. This can be a lengthy and labor-intensive process for both the business being purchased and the buyer. A VDR allows you to share this information securely and efficiently.

M&A is a complex business process that can pose significant security risks, regardless of the industry. The M&A team needs to understand the potential threat posed by cybercriminals, competitors and disgruntled employees during the integration and operation phases of the M&A lifecycle. These risks include malware, unauthorized access to systems and networks or sabotage as well as other disruptions that can undermine M&A's value proposition.

M&A can become a rewarding and profitable business experience with the right cybersecurity solutions. M&A is a great opportunity for companies to add value and expand their international reach. Before any transaction can commence there must be an M&A focused cybersecurity strategy must be implemented to ensure that the value of this deal is not compromised. To find out more about this, download our free guide Cybersecurity for M&A from the M&A Playbook. Todd Thiemann, director of product marketing at ReliaQuest GreyMatter is a Security Operations Platform that can make cybersecurity possible through M&A. It gives transparency, cuts through the multi-layered security stacks and manages uncertainty and risk to help your company achieve its goals.