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Mergers and Acquisitions: Potential Poisoned Chalices

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Davey Winder explores why the merger and acquisition process can be rife with security risks and challenges

The cybersecurity challenges of the merger and acquisition (M&A) business became all too clear at the end of last year when Marriott, one of the biggest hotel chains on the planet, disclosed a security incident. That incident was a breach of the reservations database relating to Starwood hotel properties and impacted as many as 500 million guests. The breach itself dated right back to 2014, and the Starwood group was acquired by Marriott in 2016. The acquisition came complete, it appears, with an unexpected and undiscovered security vulnerability included in the deal.

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