Business leaders may fear an upcoming recession, but they fear falling behind their competitors even more. PwC’s November Pulse Survey found that 35% of executives are planning an acquisition or divestiture within the next 12-18 months. M&A has proven itself to be a key to business resurgence, strategic growth, and capability expansion.
One area that’s often overlooked during M&A due diligence is a target company’s SaaS landscape. These applications, which host tremendous amounts of sensitive company and customer data on the cloud, are often left unsecured through misconfigurations, orphan user accounts, and third-party applications with high permission sets.
While SaaS applications are secured by the app developer, the data within them can be easily exposed. Most large organizations have over 40 million toggles, switches, and checkboxes across their SaaS landscape that have to be set correctly to prevent data breaches, ransomware attacks, and malware.
Connecting an acquisition target’s SaaS stack to an SSPM can be done easily through existing APIs. Once connected, it takes just minutes to see the target’s SaaS hygiene and evaluate whether risk levels for the data within SaaS apps.
Merging two companies together is always high risk. By connecting an SSPM and looking under the SaaS hood, security analysts can offer their perspective on the merger and the level of risk they are taking on.