In mergers and acquisitions (M&A), value realization is typically top of mind. But cyber-risk is real. Considering data privacy regulations and mandatory breach disclosure laws, cyber risk exposure has the potential to significantly impact post-merger valuations. When assessing the value of a potential acquisition, acquiring organizations must factor in the cost of cyber risk as part of their deal strategy. In 2016, a telecom provider based in the UK was heavily fined when a customer database it acquired earlier was hacked. In 2017, the price of Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo’s internet business plunged USD 350 million after Yahoo disclosed three massive data breaches compromising more than 1 billion customer accounts.
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