Secure Business M&A with Software for Secure Business M&A

As mergers and acquisitions (M&A) increase around the world security is more important than ever for companies. The stakes are high in the event that confidential information is not knowingly disclosed to bad faith actors during M&A due diligence, or accidentally revealed in the post-M&A process of integration and operations.

The good news is that the appropriate software can help M&A CISOs ensure the accuracy of information, maintain the compliance of their organization, and help protect against the risks that come with M&A activities. The right data room solution consolidates digital tools into one integrated platform that permits simple uploads of files, a single sign-on and thorough auditing. This assists compliance teams to maintain control by keeping out any accidental disclosure.

Virtual data rooms are a great method of managing the M&A process, from due diligence through post-M&A integration and operations. VDRs permit authorized users to review or share and comment on sensitive documents, without risk of leakage. They also allow users to create activity reports that reveal who has accessed and read specific document pages. These reports can deter people who are leaking data because they can trace them back to specific users. They also allow M&A CISOs to assess the level of interest from potential investors or buyers.

Many M&A transactions are based on intellectual property. Life science companies, for instance, use virtual data rooms to handle everything from clinical trial results and HIPAA compliance to licensing IP and storages of patient files. When it comes to M&A due diligence, it is normal for companies to have to submit and review large amounts of documents. This can be a lengthy and labor-intensive process for both the company being acquired 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, irrespective of the industry. During the integration and operations phases of the M&A cycle and beyond, the M&A team needs to be aware of potential threats from cybercriminals and their competitors. These risks could include malware, unauthorized access to systems and networks, sabotage, and other types of disruption that could undermine the M&A value proposition.

M&A can be an exciting and profitable business venture if you use the appropriate cybersecurity solutions. M&A is a huge chance for businesses to increase value and expand their global reach. To ensure that this value isn’t compromised, a focused cybersecurity strategy must be in place prior to when transactions are initiated. To learn more, download our free guide Cybersecurity for M&A: From the M&A Playbook. Todd Thiemann is director of product marketing for ReliaQuest GreyMatter, a Security Operations Platform that can make cybersecurity a reality through M&A by providing visibility, cutting through the complexity of heterogeneous security stacks and reducing the risk and uncertainty so that your company can achieve its goals.