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Security Manager's Journal: Acquisitions need early security review

Mathias Thurman | June 4, 2013
Maybe I'm an oddball, but I like the action that surrounds a merger or acquisition. I guess I need a little unplanned activity every now and then to distract me from my day-to-day tasks. Whatever the reason, I was excited to hear that my company would be acquiring a small company. It had been years since we had done anything like that.

Finally, there's the consideration that the acquired company uses more than 30 partners around the world for things like software development, help desk and other corporate functions. That's a significant number for a company with just 40 or so employees. The thing about all those partnerships is that we have a very stringent review process for taking on partners, especially those who work in countries that are considered risky. We're going to need to review all existing contract agreements, nondisclosure agreements and the like to ensure that they meet our standards.


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