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Cyber Threat Analysis Report Vol 1, Edition 7

OODA’s Cyber Threat Analysis Report provides the “so what” behind the news and events we track on a daily basis. When it comes to putting cyber news in context, there really is no substitute for experience. The context in this report is provided by one of the most highly regarded cybersecurity practitioners and pioneer of cyber threat intelligence (and OODA Network expert) Mike Tanji.

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Cybersecurity Concerns Becoming a Bigger Part of M&A Due Diligence

Unreported data breaches have disrupted several major M&A deals in recent years, including Marriott International’s merger with the Starwood hotel chain, TripAdvisor Inc.’s acquisition of Viator Inc., and the Verizon-Yahoo Inc. deal. “I don’t think only 50% of the companies that do M&A need to worry about this. I think 100% of the companies that do M&A need to worry about this,” said one source.

Caveat Emptor. Buyers unleash accountants to ensure they’re not buying someone else’s financial disaster; they make essentially no effort to see if they’re buying someone else’s data breach or other security nightmare (and odds are they are). Its 2019: if you’re not taking into account the IT aspects of an organization, whether it is an acquisition, teaming agreement, or joint venture, I would argue that you’re negligent.


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Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji spent nearly 20 years in the US intelligence community. Trained in both SIGINT and HUMINT disciplines he has worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. At various points in his career he served as an expert in information warfare, computer network operations, computer forensics, and indications and warning. A veteran of the US Army, Michael has served in both strategic and tactical assignments in the Pacific Theater, the Balkans, and the Middle East.