Importance of source code analysis in technology Due Diligence

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As technology becomes increasingly central to business operations across industries, Technology Due Diligence has become an essential part of the M&A process. Before investing in a tech company or acquiring its assets, potential buyers must perform a comprehensive assessment of the target company's technology assets to evaluate their quality, security, and scalability. One critical aspect of this assessment is source code analysis, which involves examining the software's actual codebase to gain a better understanding of its underlying architecture, design, and security vulnerabilities. In this article, we'll explore the importance of comprehensive source code analysis in Technology Due Diligence and how it can provide valuable insights into the software assets involved in a deal.

Importance of source code analysis in technology Due Diligence
Importance of source code analysis in technology Due Diligence
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Understanding Technology Due Diligence

When it comes to Technology Due Diligence, the stakes are high. Whether you're investing in a startup, acquiring a new Tech company, or merging with another business, it's critical to perform a thorough assessment of the technology assets involved in the deal, to ensure that any security or IP risks are well identified and under control. This is where Technology Due Diligence comes in. 

Technology Due Diligence involves the evaluation of the IT infrastructure of a company, to identify any potential risks or opportunities. It typically includes a review of hardware, software, and data assets, as well as an assessment of the technical team's capabilities. 

The Role of Source Code Scanning in Technology Due Diligence

The role of source code analysis in Technology Due Diligence cannot be over stated. It's an essential part of the overall assessment process and can provide valuable insights into the software's quality, maintainability, scalability and security.

Get a better view of the source code vulnerabilities

Source code scanning is a thorough process that involves examining the actual source code of an application line by line. The review will cover an analysis of the programming languages used, the code's structure, and any dependencies or third-party libraries that are utilised. 

By ensuring that the chosen provider includes a full scan of the source code in its Technology Due Diligence process, potential investors or acquirers can gain a better understanding of the software's underlying architecture and design. They can identify any potential technical debt or design flaws that could impact the software's performance or scalability. 

Identify critical cyber security issues

Moreover, source code analysis can also help identify any potential security vulnerabilities in the source code. Cyber security is a significant concern in today's digital landscape, and it's critical to ensure that any software assets involved in a deal are secure and resilient. A source code scan can reveal any potential weaknesses in the code that could be exploited by hackers.

Highlight maintainability risks

Another critical benefit of a source code scan is that it can help identify any potential roadblocks or maintenance challenges that could arise in the future. By examining the source code, potential investors or acquirers can gain a better understanding of the software's maintainability and overall quality. For example, a source code scan, combined to a scan of the Git history can identify risks linked to key developpers or knowledge sharing within the organisation. Such learnings are key for investors who can thus identify any areas that may require significant effort to maintain or enhance and factor that into their investment decision-making process. 

Source code scanning must therefore be an essential part of a Technology Due Diligence process. It provides valuable insights into the software's architecture, design, security, and maintainability, helping potential investors or acquirers make informed investment decisions. 

How Vaultinum's Tech Due Diligence Solution Can Help

At Vaultinum, our Technology Due Diligence solution includes a comprehensive code scan that examines each and every line of the source code of the target company's software assets. 

Our code scan is designed to identify potential vulnerabilities, coding best practice issues, and software quality and maintainability issues. We leverage state-of-the-art tools and techniques to perform an in-depth analysis of the codebase, providing our clients with actionable insights that they can use to make informed investment decisions. 

Moreover, our Technology Due Diligence solution also includes a review of the target company's hardware and software infrastructure, as well as an assessment of the technical team's capabilities. This holistic approach to Technology Due Diligence ensures that our clients have a complete understanding of the technological assets involved in the deal. 


A thorough source code scan should be included in any Technology Due Diligence. It can help identify all risks and opportunities related to a target company's software assets, providing in-depth insights that can inform investment decisions. 



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Marine Yborra CMO Vaultinum
Marine YborraMarine is our Marketing Director. She is a branding and brand activation specialist with international experience in BtoB and BtoC.

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