Cyber Risk Considerations During the M&A Process
Data breaches are a constant in today’s headlines, but in recent years the risk has been front and center of some of the most significant M&A deals. In 2017, Verizon discounted its acquisition price by $350 million when Yahoo belatedly disclosed that it experienced several massive breaches. And in November 2018, Marriott publicly disclosed that Starwood’s guest reservation database — containing hundreds of millions of personal records — had been compromised since 2014, prior to the Marriott acquisition. These incidents — and countless others — raise critical questions.  How should Boards be thinking about cyber risk in the acquisition process? What steps should they take to address this risk prior to the acquisition?