ACA Aponix's PortCo Defend™

Portfolio company risk management

PortCo Defend™ is both a cybersecurity program and a dashboard, designed to help private equity firms assess and centrally monitor security threats and risks for their investment portfolio companies (PortCos). PortCo Defend is a holistic cybersecurity program that gives private markets visibility into their PortCos’ cybersecurity maturity and provides a view to evaluate and track progress of all their PortCos’ efforts to remediate any concerns in one place.

Our solutions

PortCo Defend provides the following benefits to the sponsor and their portfolio companies:

PortCo Defend Overview

ACA Aponix’s PortCo Defend provides a portfolio-based cyber risk/maturity assessment and ongoing support services to identify risk and help preserve portfolio company (PortCo) value throughout the investment lifecycle. With PortCo Defend, ACA Aponix will be a trusted advisor providing the sponsor with ongoing visibility into the cybersecurity operations of their investments and working directly with the portfolio companies to identify cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and/or weaknesses, while also providing risk ranked tactical and strategic remediation recommendations and ongoing training and monitoring services.

Sponsor Benefits
  • Cost effective, balanced approach
  • Program tailored to sponsor’s risk management culture
  • Repeatable proprietary framework leveraging established risk management principles
  • Seamless incorporation of new investments 
  • Quarterly updates on portfolio risk management performance
  • Remediation or advisory services available to the PortCos as needed
  • Competitive advantage/Value preservation
Portfolio Company Benefits
  • Minimum impact on management team/stakeholders
  • No rework for high performing PortCos
  • Clearly defined program expectations aligned to target maturity 
  • Pragmatic suggestions to get to target maturity
  • Collaboratively developed remediation roadmap
  • Remediation or advisory services available as needed
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