In mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate acquirers are increasingly aware of the need for vigorous cybersecurity due diligence, yet often lack the proper personnel to conduct thorough analyses, according to a new study by technology consulting firm West Monroe Partners and research firm Mergermarket.

As the importance of big data and IT rises across industries, cybersecurity has become a vital area to assess at deal targets, according to the study, which included interviews with 30 North America-based senior M&A practitioners.

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