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Arlington's Role in Mergers & Acquisitions for Department of Defense (DoD) Contractors

In the fast-paced world of defense contracting, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be transformative but also fraught with risks. Arlington, a leading name in risk advisory services, played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of a defense contractor's upcoming M&A endeavor. Our comprehensive due-diligence initiatives covered critical facets of information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy, setting the stage for a smooth and secure transition.

For one defense contractor eyeing an acquisition opportunity, ensuring information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy compliance was an absolute must. Enter Arlington, a trusted name in risk advisory services for federal contractors. 

Arlington commenced with a thorough assessment of the target company's information security framework. Our experts carefully audited data handling practices, access controls, and incident response preparedness. Cybersecurity assessments followed, focusing on vulnerability identification, threat intelligence, and the target's adherence to robust security policies. Our data privacy due-diligence efforts scrutinized compliance with relevant regulations and the target's data handling and consent mechanisms. 

The Challenge: Bridging the Gap in M&A Security

The impending acquisition brought both promise and complexity for our defense contractor client. While the opportunity was ripe for expansion, ensuring that the target company met the rigorous standards of information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy was a non-negotiable requirement. Arlington stepped in to bridge the gap, delivering a meticulous and strategic approach to due diligence.

Information Security Due Diligence: Uncovering Hidden Risks

Arlington's journey began with a thorough assessment of the target company's information security practices. Our experts conducted comprehensive audits and reviews to identify potential vulnerabilities, compliance gaps, and potential risks. This included an in-depth evaluation of:

  • Data Handling and Storage: Assessing how sensitive data was managed, stored, and protected.

  • Access Controls: Reviewing access permissions and user authentication protocols.

  • Incident Response Preparedness: Evaluating the target company's readiness to handle security incidents and breaches.

Cybersecurity Due Diligence: Safeguarding Digital Fortresses

In the era of persistent cyber threats, Arlington worked diligently to ensure that the target company's digital fortresses were secure. Our approach included:

  • Vulnerability Assessments: Identifying potential weaknesses in the target's network infrastructure.

  • Threat Intelligence: Evaluating the target's awareness of emerging cyber threats and their preparedness to mitigate them.

  • Security Policies and Procedures: Ensuring that the target had robust cybersecurity policies and procedures in place.

Data Privacy Due Diligence: Protecting Personal Information

In today's data-centric world, data privacy due diligence is crucial. Arlington scrutinized the target company's data privacy practices, assessing:

  • Compliance with Regulations: Ensuring that the target was compliant with relevant data privacy regulations, such as GDPR, CCPA, and industry-specific standards.

  • Data Handling and Consent: Evaluating how the target collected, stored, and used personal information and whether they had proper consent mechanisms in place.

The Results: A Secure Foundation for Growth

Thanks to Arlington's meticulous due diligence initiatives, our defense contractor client entered the acquisition with confidence and clarity. Potential risks were identified and addressed, compliance gaps were closed, and security measures were fortified. As a result:

  • The acquisition was completed smoothly, with the assurance that information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy were integrated into the new entity's operations.

  • The defense contractor is now better equipped to navigate the complex landscape of federal contracting, leveraging the strengths and capabilities of the acquired company to drive growth and innovation.

Conclusion: Empowering Defense Contractors for Future Success

As a result of Arlington's work, potential risks were unearthed, compliance gaps were addressed, and security measures were bolstered. The defense contractor entered the M&A deal fortified with a secure foundation for growth, confident that information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy were seamlessly integrated into the newly formed entity's operations. With Arlington's guidance, the acquisition was not just a transaction; it was a strategic move toward a future of security and success in the competitive landscape of defense contracting.

The story of this successful M&A journey exemplifies Arlington's commitment to securing the future of defense contractors. By facilitating thorough information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy due diligence, we empower our clients to seize opportunities, expand their capabilities, and strengthen their position in the competitive landscape of defense contracting. Arlington's expertise ensures that challenges become stepping stones to a future of security and success.