Need proof of the importance of cybersecurity in the M&A process? You only need to look at the case of Yahoo.
In July 2016, Verizon announced that it would acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion. Soon after the deal was publicized, however, Yahoo revealed that it had previously suffered two major data breaches affecting more than 1 billion users, the biggest cyber attack in history. The fallout from this declaration forced Yahoo to knock $350 million off the deal’s original price.
Hacks, breaches, and other cyber attacks can seriously damage a company’s reputation and even cause it to go out of business. In order to mitigate the risks that you face as a business, it’s essential to assess your potential M&A partner’s cybersecurity practices during the due diligence stage.Read More