Businesses involved in mergers and acquisitions must exercise due diligence in ensuring that the technology environment of the future organization is robust and adequately protects their information assets and intellectual property.. Such an effort requires time and open sharing to understand the physical locations, computing environment, and any gaps to address. Lack of information sharing can lead to a problematic systems integration and hamper the building of a cohesive enterprise security posture for the merged organization.


Often the urgency of companies undergoing a merger and acquisition (M&A) impedes comprehensive due diligence, especially in cybersecurity. This creates greater challenges for the cybersecurity engineering architect, who typically leads the cybersecurity assessment effort and creates the roadmap for the new enterprise security solution for the future organization. However, the business interest and urgency in completing the merger can also represent an opportunity for CISOs to leverage additional resources and executive attention on strategic security matters.


In this project, you will create a report on system security issues during an M&A. The details of your report, which will also include an executive briefing and summary, can be found in the final step of the project.








Cybersecurity for a Successful Acquisition, Slides to Support Executive Briefing


When  you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the  competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your  work before submission.




    • 1.1: Organize document or presentation in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment.



    • 1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points to be internally unified and function as part of the whole document or presentation.



    • 1.3: Provide sufficient, correctly cited support that substantiates the writer’s ideas.



    • 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience.



    • 1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience.



    • 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English.



    • 1.7: Create neat and professional looking documents appropriate for the project.



    • 1.8: Create clear oral messages.



    • 2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration.



    • 2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem.



    • 2.3: Evaluate  the information in a logical and organized manner to determine its value and relevance to the problem.



    • 2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem.



    • 2.5: Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks.



    • 5.9:  Manages and administers integrated methods, enabling the organization  to identify, capture, catalog, classify, retrieve, and share  intellectual capital and information content.



    • 7.3:  Knowledge of methods and tools used for risk management and mitigation of risk.



    • 8.7: Provide theoretical basis and practical assistance for all aspects of  digital investigation and the use of computer evidence in forensics and  law enforcement.



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