Agility Update February 2023

Agility Update February 2023

Agility Update February 2023

To our trusted EIM network, welcome back from the summer holiday season. With this first issue of Agility Update for 2023, we at EIM would like to say "Thank You" for your support through the turbulence of the past few years. We hope our support to you all has ensured your businesses are in stronger shape as we enter 2023.

We would also like to introduce two (2) new team members: Bec Lamprill and Kirsten Pollard. Based in Melbourne, Bec is our Executive Assistant & Office Manager and has a proven track record in account management and talent sourcing.

Kirsten is our Executive Director and is based in our Sydney office. Kirsten has a diverse career in equity sales, building and selling businesses, and solving complex business issues. She has held numerous executive appointments across the public and private sectors driving transformation, strategy, people & culture, sales, and sustainability.

We encourage you to reach out to Bec and Kirsten any time you need assistance. Meanwhile, enjoy our articles on cybersecurity and green dealmaking essentials. We look forward to sharing more insights and observations with you this coming year.

Cybersecurity to the Fore

Are you ready for 9 months of work to identify and contain a data breach? Or for the cost of around $6.5M?

And, on the flip side are you ready for the growing opportunities for cybersecurity experts, entrepreneurs, and investors? Click the links below to explore the:

For context, a key finding in IBM’s 2022 Cost of a Data Breach report includes:

  • Global average total cost of a data breach is US$4.35M
  • Average total cost of a breach in the healthcare industry is US$10.10M, a rise of 42% since 2020
  • Stolen or compromised credentials is the most common cause of a data breach, took the longest time to identify at 327 days, and cost US$150,000 more than the average cost of a data breach.
  • In 2022, it took an average of 277 days – about 9 months – to identify and contain a breach. Shortening the time it takes to identify and contain a data breach to 200 days or less can save an average of US$1.12M.

IBM’s 2022 report also found that, in highly regulated industries, an average of 24% of data breach costs were accrued more than 2 years after the breach occurred. And it found that organisations using AI and automation had a 74-day shorter breach lifecycle and saved an average of US$3M more than those without.

More resources are available at:

  • International law firm Allens’ practical guide to buying and comparing cyber insurance policies

Backing up the backups: cyber insurance in a hardening market.

Green Dealmaking Essentials

Companies that do not use M&A as a primary tool to achieve their environmental goals may be missing out on significant value-creation opportunities, found a recent Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysis of roughly 120,000 ESG-related transactions since 2001.

From a secondary consideration, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have morphed into a driving force in deal-making opportunities in the wake of climate change. Green or environmental-related deals made up just 6% of all M&A activity over the past 3 years, however:

  • Between 2001 and 2021, the volume of ESG-related deals as a share of all transactions nearly doubled, to 22%.
  • The ESG share of deals is also much higher in certain geographic markets like the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, and sectors like energy and utilities.
  • Green deals command a significant price premium averaging 7% over the past 3 years, with up to 2.5 times better returns. It’s even higher in the energy, utilities, and industrials sectors, where premiums have reached up to 30%.

BCG forecasts competition for promising green targets to intensify as climate action and decarbonisation become a greater priority for companies across sectors. Explore BCG’s M&A Activity by Year: Collected Reports offering a longitudinal view of the market since 2003 and based on its database of more than 840,000 deals dating back to 1980.


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