Your company is in the process of acquiring its biggest competitor. Midway through the deal, critical IP leaks, jeopardizing the value of transaction. Not only is the deal and your investment left hanging in the balance, but you now need to track down who accessed what data, when and where it went.

Scenarios of M&A deals gone bad over insider threat and other cybersecurity issues are more common than you think. According to PwC, four out of five dealmakers said they uncovered data security issues in at least one quarter of their M&A targets in the last two years. Even though cybersecurity issues are on the rise, however, they are not slowing down deals as you might think. A 2019 report from Deloitte found 79 percent of organizations expect merger activity to grow in the coming year, up from 70 percent in 2018.

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