Securing the Deal

Expert Cyber Risk Assessments for Mergers & Acquisitions

MRGD is your trusted partner in assessing cyber risk before crucial mergers and acquisitions. Buying or selling a company is a time of opportunity, but also considerable vulnerability. You need to treat cyber just as any other consideration for an M&A deal. Cybersecurity can be a liability or an asset which will materially change the value of your deal. We offer comprehensive cyber risk assessments from both a legal & technical/operational perspective, that empower you to make informed decisions.

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Identify
Due Diligence
Deal
Integration

Identifying Targets through a Cyber Lens

 

In today's digital era, an organisation's cyber health can directly impact its value and operational integrity. When considering potential acquisitions, it is essential to assess the target's cybersecurity posture. A weak cybersecurity infrastructure can lead to vulnerabilities, which could result in significant financial losses, damage to reputation, and potential legal liabilities after acquisition. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) provides insights into potential cybersecurity threats, past breaches, and the organisation and ’its executive’s digital footprint. It aids acquirers in understanding the target's risk profile, thus informing the valuation and integration process. Without such due diligence, investors might inherit latent cyber risks, compromising the success and ROI of the acquisition.

Why spend time on a target whose core value has been compromised. You can discover upfront intelligence that can make or break your decision to engage.

Don’t Just Do What’s Due, Be Diligent

 

In acquisitions, understanding an entity's cybersecurity landscape is as crucial as evaluating its financials. Cyber risks, if overlooked, can precipitate massive unforeseen expenses, operational disruptions, and reputational damages post-acquisition. Threats such as malware, ransomware, or insider attacks could be lurking undetected, waiting to manifest at a critical juncture. Beyond mere vulnerabilities, the cybersecurity culture—how an organisation priorities and integrates cyber hygiene—speaks volumes about its overall risk management approach. Ignoring this aspect can lead to incompatible risk cultures post-acquisition, making integration challenging. Therefore, comprehensive cybersecurity due diligence isn't just a protective measure—it's an insight into the organisational fabric of the acquisition target.

MRGD provides due diligence cyber risk assessments including:

* Threat, Corporate, and Key Personnel Intelligence
* Targeted questionnaire
* Security certifications audit and Security assessment
* Cyber Insurance review
* Data due diligence
* SOCI responsibilities
* Cyber threat hunt

Deal with Cyber Certainty

 

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) inherently carry financial, operational, and strategic implications. Before closing an M&A deal, it's important to apply a comprehensive cybersecurity risk assessment. This involves applying the reporting and findings from a due diligence cyber assessment into the commercials of the deal and your conditions precedent. Any adverse findings can signify potential financial liabilities, reputational hits, or operational setbacks in the future. Thus, quantifying and incorporating these finding into material conditions of the deal give the buyer that certainty that they are paying exactly what their acquisition is worth.

MRGD translates cyber risk into quantitative financial and operational impacts. We integrate these into your acquisition deal for you.

Guiding Post-Merger Cyber Integration

 

When merging or acquiring, a cybersecurity risk assessment is not just a preliminary checkpoint but a guiding tool for integration. This assessment pinpoints areas of vulnerability, operational practices, and system compatibilities between the two entities. Post-deal, these findings act as a roadmap. Immediate actions can be taken to mitigate identified risks, ensuring that the merged entity is not putting the acquiring entity at risk. The evaluation of system compatibilities aids in seamless IT integrations, minimising disruptions.

Understanding the cybersecurity ethos of each entity helps in crafting unified policies and training programs to integrate the two organisations. This assessment ensures the integration is both efficient and secure.

Identify
Due Diligence
Deal
Integration

Identifying Targets through a Cyber Lens

 

In today's digital era, an organisation's cyber health can directly impact its value and operational integrity. When considering potential acquisitions, it is essential to assess the target's cybersecurity posture. A weak cybersecurity infrastructure can lead to vulnerabilities, which could result in significant financial losses, damage to reputation, and potential legal liabilities after acquisition. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) provides insights into potential cybersecurity threats, past breaches, and the organisation and ’its executive’s digital footprint. It aids acquirers in understanding the target's risk profile, thus informing the valuation and integration process. Without such due diligence, investors might inherit latent cyber risks, compromising the success and ROI of the acquisition.

Why spend time on a target whose core value has been compromised. You can discover upfront intelligence that can make or break your decision to engage.

Don’t Just Do What’s Due, Be Diligent

 

In acquisitions, understanding an entity's cybersecurity landscape is as crucial as evaluating its financials. Cyber risks, if overlooked, can precipitate massive unforeseen expenses, operational disruptions, and reputational damages post-acquisition. Threats such as malware, ransomware, or insider attacks could be lurking undetected, waiting to manifest at a critical juncture. Beyond mere vulnerabilities, the cybersecurity culture—how an organisation priorities and integrates cyber hygiene—speaks volumes about its overall risk management approach. Ignoring this aspect can lead to incompatible risk cultures post-acquisition, making integration challenging. Therefore, comprehensive cybersecurity due diligence isn't just a protective measure—it's an insight into the organisational fabric of the acquisition target.

MRGD provides due diligence cyber risk assessments including:

* Threat, Corporate, and Key Personnel Intelligence
* Targeted questionnaire
* Security certifications audit and Security assessment
* Cyber Insurance review
* Data due diligence
* SOCI responsibilities
* Cyber threat hunt

Deal with Cyber Certainty

 

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) inherently carry financial, operational, and strategic implications. Before closing an M&A deal, it's important to apply a comprehensive cybersecurity risk assessment. This involves applying the reporting and findings from a due diligence cyber assessment into the commercials of the deal and your conditions precedent. Any adverse findings can signify potential financial liabilities, reputational hits, or operational setbacks in the future. Thus, quantifying and incorporating these finding into material conditions of the deal give the buyer that certainty that they are paying exactly what their acquisition is worth.

MRGD translates cyber risk into quantitative financial and operational impacts. We integrate these into your acquisition deal for you.

Guiding Post-Merger Cyber Integration

 

When merging or acquiring, a cybersecurity risk assessment is not just a preliminary checkpoint but a guiding tool for integration. This assessment pinpoints areas of vulnerability, operational practices, and system compatibilities between the two entities. Post-deal, these findings act as a roadmap. Immediate actions can be taken to mitigate identified risks, ensuring that the merged entity is not putting the acquiring entity at risk. The evaluation of system compatibilities aids in seamless IT integrations, minimising disruptions.

Understanding the cybersecurity ethos of each entity helps in crafting unified policies and training programs to integrate the two organisations. This assessment ensures the integration is both efficient and secure.

Schedule A Discovery Call

Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation and discover how our cyber risk assessments can fortify your M&A transactions. Our team is ready to assist you in making the right moves towards a secure and prosperous future.

About This Initiative.

The MRGD service provides expert cyber risk assessments tailored for the unique needs of financial specialists and lawyers managing mergers and acquisitions. Our cutting-edge assessments have been developed by seasoned cybersecurity & legal professionals who understand the complexities of the M&A landscape.

The MRGD initiative was created by a shared commitment to strengthen the cybersecurity landscape for businesses entering into M&A.

Protect your investments and secure your future with our expert cyber risk assessments.

Partner Organisations:

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Redacted

Redacted Information Security is a bespoke sovereign information security consulting firm based in Canberra, providing services to government and private sector industries at all classification levels.

Redacted helps organisations in uplifting their security posture, gaining regulatory compliance, and preparing for or conducting IRAP assessments. From this core offering, they are moving rapidly into much needed cybersecurity and information security products, including red team tools, and an AI for information security planning.

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Cyber GC

Cyber GC is a specialist cybersecurity and technology law firm. Founded by multi-award winning cybersecurity lawyer Annie Haggar, Cyber GC provides clients with specialist strategic advice on cybersecurity risks facing your organisation, and the non-technical ways to manage them.

With extensive experience in managing cybersecurity risks in M&A, Cyber GC can help your organisation to identify, mitigate and manage these unique risks.

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What Our Clients Say.

"... Redacted team provided consistent, reliable advice on how our different security decisions might impact the residual risk of the system. Moreover, Redacted delivered clear, understandable reports that were on time and on budget."

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"... Redacted team provided consistent, reliable advice on how our different security decisions might impact the residual risk of the system. Moreover, Redacted delivered clear, understandable reports that were on time and on budget."

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Project Manager

The service provided by Redacted throughout the entire process was beyond our expectations and ultimately enhanced the outcome we were able to deliver to our client. The team at Redacted demonstrated exceptional professionalism, communication skills, and technical expertise.

Account Manager

The service provided by Redacted throughout the entire process was beyond our expectations and ultimately enhanced the outcome we were able to deliver to our client. The team at Redacted demonstrated exceptional professionalism, communication skills, and technical expertise.

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Pricing & Inclusions.

Most Popular

Shortlist Intelligence

UStage: Identify
}Duration: 1 Week
Output: Intelligence Report

Inclusions:

For the top 3 companies:

  • Threat Intelligence
  • Corporate Intelligence
  • Key personnel intelligence
  • Litigation search
  • Targeted questionnaire
  • General dirty laundry

$ 10,000 once-off
$ 32,000 Annual Retainer (up to 4 Reports)

DD
Minimum

ZStage: Due Diligence
}Duration: 1 Week
Output: Due Diligence Report

Inclusions:

For Company Being Acquired:

  • Security Policy Review
  • Security Certifications Audit
  • Cyber Insurance Review
  • Data Due Diligence

Price on Scope

DD
Sensible

ZStage: Due Diligence
}Duration: 2 Weeks
Output: Due Diligence Report

Inclusions:

For Company Being Acquired:

  • Security Policy Review
  • Security Certifications Audit
  • Cyber Insurance Review
  • Data Due Diligence
  • Contract Review Of Top Ten Customer Only
  • Top 5 Supply Chain Review
  • SOCI Responsibilities
  • Limited Threat Hunting

Price on Scope

DD
Comprehensive

Stage: Due Diligence & Deal
}Duration: On Application
Output: Intelligence Report
Output: Due Diligence Report
Output: Security Assessment

Inclusions:

For Company Being Acquired:

  • Threat Intelligence
  • Corporate Intelligence
  • Key Personnel Intelligence
  • Litigation Search
  • Targeted Questionnaire
  • General Dirty Laundry
  • Security Certifications Audit
  • Security Assessment (Includes Policies)
  • Cyber Insurance Review
  • Data Due Diligence
  • Contract Review Of Top Fifteen Customers Only
  • Top 10 Supply Chain Review
  • SOCI Responsibilities
  • Full Intel Led Cyber Threat Hunt
  • Input Into Conditions Precedent

Price on Scope