💰 Security, Funded #107 - Space Invaders Meet Fund Raisers: A Galactic Game of Gains! 👾
A review of cybersecurity funding and industry news from the week of August 14th, 2023.
Happy Monday, and I hope you had a great weekend!
🏃♂️ The Rundown - A meta roundup of all the important things in this issue:
✅ Vibe checking
👀 Palo Alto made you look
🦹 UN Cybercrime Convention
🛰️ Satellite Hacking in a DEFCON win
💰 19 companies raise $1.1B; 2 acquired
Onward to this week's issue.
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Vibe Check #2 - Budgets up or down?
If you are a practitioner, has your security budget gone up, down, or stayed flat in the second half of the year? Bonus points if you tell me why!
Last week’s poll:
Vibe Check #1 - Black Hat Buying Decisions
For those who attended Black Hat, did any vendor, topic, or meeting help you make a "buying" decision?
More people said yes than I expected, but this is largely the vibe I was expecting and is my own personal sentiment.
If you want to add commentary to your poll answer, just reply back to the newsletter or email me at [email protected].
🔮 Earnings Reports
A section for notable earnings reports from public cybersecurity companies, be they “pure play” or hybrid companies:
Palo Alto ($PANW) - Although the market got a bit scared of an earnings report post-market closure on a Friday (typically seen as a move to suppress less-than-positive results), Palo Alto came through strong once again and the cyber industry at large gave a collective sigh of relief. The stock rose 11%+ after hours.
Significant growth came from the dual strategy of traditional firewalls and SASE offerings, as well as taking advantage of deferred customer payments by way of PANFS, Palo Alto’s financing arm that lets customers create a better payment plan.
Nikesh Arora, CEO of Palo Alto, on the latest earnings call (probably)
📅 YTD Funding
A rolling 12-week chart to compare funding and acquisitions each week between 2022 and 2023.
The funding chart got exploded this week with one major funding round from (details below), but even taking that transaction out, we are now equal to last year this time at $1.8B of funding raised for cybersecurity companies in Q3 2023.
A dip compared to previous weeks in Q3, but I believe it will be just a momentary blitz as the corporate venture capital arms start to wind up again.
💰 Funding Summary
19 companies raised $1.1B across 14 unique product categories
2 companies were acquired or had a merger eventacross 2 unique product categories
🧩 Funding By Product Category
$1.1B for Secure Networking across 1 deal
$29.6M for Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) across 3 deals
$25.0M for Threat Detection and Response (TDR) across 1 deal
$15.1M for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Privacy Assurance across 1 deal
$15.0M for Threat Intelligence across 2 deals
$12.0M for Security Operations across 1 deal
$8.2M for Business Continuity Planning (BCP) / Disaster Recovery across 1 deal
$6.0M for Professional Services across 3 deals
$5.9M for Stealth Cybersecurity Startup across 1 deal
$5.0M for Hardware Security across 1 deal
$3.0M for Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) across 1 deal
$127.1K for Data Protection across 1 deal
An undisclosed amount for Software Supply Chain Security across 1 deal
An undisclosed amount for Blockchain Security across 1 deal
🏢 Funding By Company
Flux Cyber, a United States-based still-in-stealth cybersecurity company being incubated at Glasswing Ventures, raised a $6.0M Venture Round from Glasswing Ventures. (I wouldn’t normally cover stealth companies, but they raised money and it was publicly available, so 🤷)
zeroRISC, a United States-based hardware security company, raised a $5.0M Venture Round.
🌎 Funding By Country
$1.2B for United States across 13 deals
$22.1M for Canada across 2 deals
$127.1K for United Kingdom across 1 deal
An undisclosed amount for Italy across 1 deal
An undisclosed amount for Israel across 1 deal
An undisclosed amount for China across 1 deal
🤝 Mergers & Acquisitions
📚 Great Reads
Insight Partner's State of Enterprise Tech Report - This year’s report uncovers the top priorities for enterprise tech leaders, the tailwinds that are driving change, and the potential challenges enterprises will have to prepare for as they grow. It digs into topics like generative AI, cybersecurity, modern infrastructure, and more.
*Safeguarding Virtual Healthcare - HelloRache's partnership with PureDome underscores the essential role of a reliable business VPN. PureDome enables them to assign distinct IPs to virtual assistants, ensuring secure and seamless connections.
How a hacking crew overtook a satellite from inside a Las Vegas convention center - The first capture the flag with a real-time in-orbit satellite took place over the weekend at the DEF CON conference, and how mHACKeroni (listed above in this issue) won $50,000.
What is the UN cybercrime treaty and why does it matter? - Explaining the UN cybercrime treaty, its potential benefits and risks, key issues in the negotiations, and likely paths forward.
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Conference life comes at you fast.
— byron (@rekdt)
Aug 15, 2023
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