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Taking the time to conduct cybersecurity evaluations is important before and during an acquisition. (Photo: Shutterstock) Taking the time to conduct cybersecurity evaluations is important before and during an acquisition. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Cybersecurity issues are increasingly becoming a concern in mergers and acquisitions, a new survey shows, and lapses can jeopardize deals or haunt purchasers long after the deal is done.

Of more than 2,700 information technology and business decision makers surveyed by Forescout Technologies Inc. in seven countries, 53% reported that their organization had encountered a critical cybersecurity issue or incident that put an M&A deal in jeopardy. And 65% of respondents said they had experienced buyers’ remorse because of cybersecurity concerns after closing a deal.

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