Step 1: Conduct a Security Analysis Baseline As you begin Step 1 of your system security report on cybersecurity for mergers and acquisitions, keep in mind that the networks of companies going through an M&A can be subject to cyberattack. As you work through this step and the others, keep these questions in mind: Are companies going through an M&A prone to more attacks or more focused attacks? If so, what is the appropriate course of action? Should the M&A activities be kept confidential? Now, look at the existing security policies in regard to the acquisition of the media streaming company. You have to explain to the executives that before any systems are integrated, their security policies will need to be reviewed. Conduct a policy gap analysis to ensure the target company’s security policies follow relevant industry standards as well as local, state, and national laws and regulations. In other words, you need to make sure the new company will not inherit any statutory or regulatory noncompliance from either of the two original companies. This step would also identify what, if any, laws and regulations the target company is subject to. If those are different from the laws and regulations the acquiring company is subject to, then this document should answer the following questions: How would you identify the differences? How would you learn about the relevant laws and regulations? How would you ensure compliance with those laws and regulations? The streaming company that is being acquired has a current customer base of 150,000 users, who on average pay $14.99 in monthly fees. Based on the overall income, use PCI Standards DSS 12 requirements, and the PCI DSS Quick Reference Guide to identify a secure strategy, and operating system protections to protect the credit card data. Select at least two appropriate requirements from the PCI Standards DSS 12 set of requirements and explain how the controls should be implemented, how they will change the current network, and any costs associated with implementing the change. Step 2: Review Protocols for Streaming Services After reviewing the policies from the company and the policy gap analysis, the M&A leader asks you about the protocols used by the streaming company. He wants to know if the protocols used would affect the current state of cybersecurity within the current company environment. For this section, review the protocols, explain how they work along with any known vulnerabilities, and how to secure the company from cyberattacks. Start with researching the commonly known streaming protocols and the vulnerabilities of those protocols. Some examples are the Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) and the Real-Time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP). Additionally, the leadership wants to know if any vulnerabilities identified would or could lead to a no-go on the M&A. In other words: You need to identify what streaming the companies are doing and the specific technology they are leveraging. What are the technical vulnerabilities associated with the protocols involved? Have those been mitigated? And to what extent (i.e., has the risk been reduced to zero, reduced somewhat, shifted to a third party, etc.)? What residual risk to the target company’s assets and IP remain? Would those risks extend to the current (takeover) company after the merger? a. Would that be bad enough to cancel the M&A? If the response to #5 is yes, then, what should the target company do to further mitigate the risk? How should the takeover company mitigate the risk? What are the costs associated to the target company (implementing the appropriate mitigation)? If the takeover firm has to take additional measures, identify those costs as well. Step 3: Assess the Merged Network Infrastructure You’ve just reviewed the streaming services of the companies, and now you will assess the infrastructure of the new network. The networks of the two companies could be configured…

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