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πŸ“Š Cybersecurity Funding Review - December 2022

Cybersecurity Funding Review - A look back at what moved the cybersecurity market in December 2022.

Mike P
Mike P

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It's that time again.

Each month I do a recap on the business of cybersecurity funding and M&A news by the numbers, with visuals, and with my own commentary. I tweak these reports and add or remove sections and charts month-to-month based on feedback I get from readers like you. Let me know what I should start, stop, or continue.

This is the final monthly report from 2022.

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By the Numbers

A look at what moved the private cybersecurity market in December 2022 by the numbers.

  • Approximately $890.8M was invested in 52 cybersecurity companies across 29 unique product categories in December 2022, slightly less than the $906.0M in November 2022.
  • 19 companies across 7 unique product categories were acquired or had a merger event in December 2022. Professional services and Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs) continue to be the most acquired kinds of companies.
  • Series C saw the highest funding at $250.0M across 3 transactions
  • ~72% of funding went to United States-based companies with ~11% going to United Kingdom-based companies

My Thoughts and Predictions

  • The end of Q4 2022 had a strong rally in funding, just like in 2021, as investors and founders got deals over the finish line for the year.
  • Web3 is continuing its impressive run and security startups to secure this Wild Wild West space come out of the woodwork. This will only increase as 2023 goes on. Look out for more "secure by default" Web3 applications to be launched in 2023.
  • As I said last month, buyers are still cashed strapped will be for at least through Q1 2023.
  • January 2023 is going to be muted in terms of funding activity for high-dollar transactions, but M&A and Seed stage deals will continue on full steam ahead.

Funding Events by Round

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  • 20 Seed round events equal to $98.5M
  • 11 Venture round events equal to $109.5M
  • 4 Series B round events equal to $151.0M
  • 3 Series C round events equal to $250.0M
  • 3 Series A round events equal to $57.8M
  • 3 Debt Financing round events equal to $6.8M
  • 2 Pre-Seed round events equal to $2.1M
  • 1 Series G round events equal to $196.5M
  • 1 Private Equity event equal to an undisclosed amount

Top 5 Funding Events

Top Funded Product Categories

  • $200.0M for Continuous Compliance
  • $196.6M for Application Security
  • $120.0M for Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Security
  • $80.3M for Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP)
  • $50.1M for Cyber Insurance

Top Funded Industries

  • $679.8M was not industry specific
  • $129.0M for Web3
  • $50.0M for Insurance
  • $32.0M for Government

Top Lead Investor Teams

  • $200.0M from ICONIQ Capital, GGV Capital
  • $196.5M from Qatar Investment Authority
  • $100.0M from Andreessen Horowitz
  • $50.0M from Morgan Stanley
  • $49.4M from unnamed investors across several deals

Top Funded Countries

  • $640.1M for United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • $101.7M for United Kingdom πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
  • $34.5M for Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
  • $34.0M for Germany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ
  • $24.3M for Switzerland πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­

Top Acquired Product Categories

Data Collection Methodology

A few tenants I follow for collecting and creating this data:

  • I only use public data sources
  • I evaluate each company that makes this list to make sure they are actually solving a cybersecurity problem
  • I personally assign the product category for each company (regardless of what the marketing says)
  • All monetary values are in U.S. dollars and currencies are converted, if needed, at the time of collection
  • All monetary values are from the time of collection

Wrapping Up

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Mike P