In the Digital Era, ubiquitous connectivity has spared no enterprise the risks of being hacked from anywhere in the world. Whether the intruder's purpose is to steal, change, or destroy information, or to use its unauthorized access to harm and disrupt the enterprise's operations, the attackers have continued to increase their advantage over the defenders. Virtually all enterprises have been breached and their sensitive information compromised. The reality of this threat, coupled with the near total dependence of today's businesses on networked digital technology, presents a major risk of catastrophic consequences to most businesses. And acquiring or merging with any business involves taking on that risk. Thus, in any M&A transaction, an evaluation of the target's cybersecurity capabilities and experience is critical. This comprehensive and valuable guide, Guide to Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions is designed to assist companies and their counsel in assessing that risk. Beginning with an introduction to the importance of cybersecurity due diligence, the book explains to M&A counsel and their clients the key requirements of the cybersecurity due diligence process that should be part of every M&A transaction. Guide to Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions can be read cover-to-cover, or used when counsel or clients want to get up to speed on specific issues, such as: - The importance of cybersecurity due diligence for an M&A deal- Lessons from recent cyber incidents including Nieman Marcus, Yahoo, Target Corporation, Sony Pictures, and Volkswagen- Identifying a target's high-value digital assets- Evaluating incident response capabilities, supply chain risks, or assessment of a target's resilience, and more.
About the Author
Roland L. Trope is a partner in the New York City office of Trope and Schramm LLP and an adjunct law professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He advises high-tech companies on government procurement, intellectual property under government contracts, cross-border tech transfers, export controls, economic sanctions, anticorruption laws, and cybersecurity. Thomas J. Smedinghoff is Of Counsel in the Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP. His practice focuses on the developing field of information law and electronic business activities, with an emphasis on electronic transactions, identity management, data security, privacy, and online authentication.