Five reasons why business cybersecurity is a decisive industry today? Now, more than ever, cybersecurity is a top priority for organizations of all sizes. Cyberattacks are routinely front-page news, and these security breaches aren’t things that “only happen to other companies” — not only is the targeted company damaged by the hack (both financially and reputation-wise), millions of individuals are routinely affected by them. The scope of cyberattacks can range from the smallest sites to large, multinational corporations and government sites, and it seems that companies of any size are exempt from being a target.
Protecting your business against such attacks is not impossible, but you must be diligent. Regular data backups should be mandatory. It’s imperative that you use an offline or cloud-based backup, otherwise the ransomware can spread to those backups over the network in the same way they did your original files. Additionally, simple strategies such as two-step authentications can limit the spread of harmful malware and if user information is stolen, it can’t then be reused. Proactive security monitoring is a critical component of a fully functioning IT facility. By having the security in place, you automatically minimise the risks against emerging cyber threats. Our monitoring services can oversee your systems 24/7 and react to threats immediately to mitigate damage. Our team of experts will respond to alerts quickly and efficiently, providing you with ultimate peace of mind.
As society becomes more digitally educated and financially driven, phishing attacks and spam tactics are evolving and increasing with each day. It is the most common way in which harmful malware, like ransomware, can latch on and spread throughout business systems. Phishing takes place in a number of ways, but most commonly gains access to a business through emails. In 2019, it was revealed that 92% of malware was delivered via email. In light of this extremely high statistic, it’s worth noting that legitimate companies will never request sensitive data via email and any URLs sent will match their actual site, as opposed to the slightly different URLs spammers use.
Mergers and acquisitions require a mix of strategic and tactical work – cybersecurity is usually an item on the tactical list. Many organizations are drawing up plans for mergers and acquisitions right now, as leaders look for growth after the pandemic slowdown, and as new business models emerge. However, weakened cybersecurity hygiene throughout the last year means that these M&A transactions elevate the risk of cybersecurity incidents. “M&A can be a breeding ground for cyberattacks and data breaches,” said Mordechai Gal, operations director at AccessHeat Inc. “Stringent due diligence that includes a focus on cybersecurity will help reduce regrets later in the deal lifecycle.” Today’s M&A plans need to include cybersecurity at several strategic and tactical points, to address growing scrutiny from regulators and other evolving cybersecurity risks.
While mergers and acquisitions generally lagged during the COVID-19 pandemic, they didn’t stop completely. Several notable transactions have taken place since early 2020. In March 2020, Sophos announced the completion of its take-private acquisition by Thoma Bravo. Later that summer, Thoma Bravo finalized its acquisition of Exostar, and earlier this year it agreed to acquire Proofpoint for a whopping $12.3 billion. It wasn’t the only private equity firm having a busy year: Symphony Technology Group bought RSA, McAfee’s enterprise business and, more recently, FireEye’s product business. Early last year, Insight Partners bought Armis for a valuation of $1.1 billion.
Latest cybersecurity consolidation news: Covail announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by cybersecurity and managed detection and response (MDR) services provider GoSecure. The transaction is estimated to close in December 2021. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “Since our founding six years ago as the Columbus Collaboratory, our goal has been to find ways to leverage collaboration to deliver successful AI, cybersecurity and cloud-based software solutions to our Fortune 500 clients,” said Covail CEO Matt Wald. “With this acquisition by GoSecure, our clients will now have access to an even broader set of capabilities and expertise thanks to our ability to leverage GoSecure’s class-leading capabilities and solutions. This will also help to further accelerate market penetration for our leading-edge security products and AI capabilities.
Acclaim Technical Services (ATS), backed by venture capital firm Blue Delta Capital Partners, has acquired Entegra Systems, LLC, a cybersecurity technology solutions provider that supports defense, intelligence and national security missions. Financial terms were not disclosed. ATS was founded in 2000 and is focused on the U.S. federal government’s intelligence community and provides technology services related to intelligence, operations, technology, training and language services to support the national security mission. Entegra Systems, founded in 2005, is based in Hanover, Maryland with additional offices in Virginia and Georgia. The company provides solutions and services to U.S. government defense and intelligence customers including enhanced situational awareness, operational planning, intelligence and geospatial analysis, and cybersecurity and intelligence operations.
Strategic mergers can fill gaps in existing platforms and fortify the electronic barrier from outside threats. While increased strength is a plus, some other attractive gains from a consolidation include the merging of data feeds, security orchestration, automation, and response. This all contributes to a whole suite of protections that have the ability to communicate with one another such as cloud threat protection, two-factor authentication, and recovery services. Access-Heat.com is in the market to acquire cybersecurity firms and leverage their varied technologies to achieve combinational and transformational synergies. If a profitable exit strategy is one of your future goals, our investors will work directly with you to transition your company into our investment firm.