Navigating the Shark Tank: Cybersecurity Strategies for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Startups

In today's fast-paced business environment, mergers and acquisitions are essential tools for growth and innovation. They are exciting for any business but can also be complex and challenging, introducing significant cybersecurity risks. Unfortunately, cybersecurity risks are often overlooked during the M&A process, leading to devastating consequences such as data breaches, system failures, and reputational losses. However, these risks can be even more daunting for startups, who often need more resources and may need a mature security program.
This session will provide practical tips and advice for startups and companies going through a merger, acquisition, selling or divestment, including assessing and mitigating cybersecurity risks, aligning with the acquiring company's security standards and communicating effectively with stakeholders. This session will also discuss integrating security into the M&A process, avoiding common pitfalls and creating a security culture during M&A deals.


- Understand the role of cybersecurity in M&A
- Identify best practices for integrating cybersecurity into the overall M&A process
- Understand the unique challenges of cybersecurity in M&A
- Gain insights on how to create a culture of security during M&A deals
- Learn strategies for conducting effective due diligence and risk assessments.



Diana Calderon
Diana Calderon is a Berlin-based Cybersecurity and Privacy professional with over 15 years of experience. Diana is a governance, risk, and compliance specialist with experience building teams and navigating the complexities of global security compliance and data privacy initiatives. Before moving to Germany, Diana led Information Security teams in Argentina. She enjoys working on cybersecurity transformation, cyber risk culture and board governance projects. Diana holds the CISM Certification (Certified Information Security Management) and volunteered with ISACA in the CISM Working Group from 2015 to 2018.


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