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💰 Security, Funded #137 - Nothing Can Stop Us, We're All the Way Up 📈

Insights for the week of March 25, 2024

Security, Funded is a weekly deep dive into cybersecurity funding and industry news captured and analyzed by Mike Privette. This week’s issue is presented together with MineOS and Anvilogic.

Hey there,

I hope you had a great weekend, and maybe even a long one if you’re in Europe with the bank holidays! Also, happy end of Q1 to all those who celebrate. 🥳 

This weekend, I was looking for some kind of aphorism or statement to help convey what it feels like the cybersecurity industry has gone through in Q1 2024, and I landed on this one:

Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ll be releasing a monthly report for March soon, but this really sums up what the high-velocity funding rounds, M&A activity, and all the hype around the big public players have felt like so far. If Q1 is an indication, cyber is going to have another really interesting year.

Onward to this week's issue.

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😎 Vibe Check

What is your security program's top priority going into Q2?

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Last issue’s vibe check:
Where should AI Governance, Security, and Safety sit in a company? 
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ðŸ” CISO Org (17)
🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ 👩🏾‍⚖️ Legal or Risk Org (10)
🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ 👨🏻‍💻 CTO Org (10)
⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 🔮 Other (leave a comment) (0)
37 Votes

Most people felt that AI Governance, Security, and Safety should sit in the CISO org, but it is interesting how Legal/Risk and CTO orgs are split. This is certainly not a one-size-fits-all answer, but many companies are having this exact conversation and the turf wars that go along with it.

Some of my favorite comments from last week included:

“This is tough as some lines of effort fall traditionally in Risk's lane and some is most definitely in the security realm along many lines of effort.“

“It doesn't matter if the CISO or Legal org's think they're in charge...the CTO is the org that has to do it.”

This poll doesn’t even include the US Executive Order requiring US federal agencies to designate a “Chief AI Officer.” 🫣 

💰 Market Summary

  • 14 companies raised $216.3M across 10 unique product categories in 7 countries

  • 2 companies were acquired or had a merger event across 2 unique product categories

  • 100% of funding went to product-based cybersecurity businesses

  • No notable public cyber companies had an earnings call

📸 YoY Snapshot

This is a rolling 12-week chart comparing funding and acquisitions each week in a year-over-year (YoY) view between 2023 and 2024.

We’re at week 13 and at the final week of Q1 2024 now.

With the final March investments in, this has been the first month to surpass $1.0B in total funding since October 2023.

On the M&A front, while transactions have been slightly less than in Q1 2023, they have certainly been more prominent in 2024.

🤙 Earnings Reports

Here are notable earnings reports from public cybersecurity companies, be they “pure play” or hybrid companies. This section is Powered by Quartr.

See the public cyber company tracker, which shows all public cybersecurity companies worldwide, along with market data, funding raised, product categories, and more.

Earnings reports this week: No notable earnings calls.


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🧩 Funding By Product Category

  • $100.0M for Threat Detection and Response (TDR) across 2 deals

  • $30.0M for Threat and Risk Prioritization across 1 deal

  • $30.0M for Data Privacy across 1 deal

  • $11.3M for Security Analytics across 2 deals

  • $10.5M for Firmware Security across 1 deal

  • $10.0M for Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) across 1 deals

  • $8.0M for Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM) across 1 deal

  • $7.0M for Threat Intelligence across 1 deal

  • $3.8M for Security Awareness across 1 deal

  • $3.2M for Data Protection across 2 deals

  • $2.5M for Application Security Testing (AST) across 1 deal

🏢 Funding By Company

🌎 Funding By Country

  • $117.3M for the United States across 9 deals

  • $100.0M for Israel across 1 deal

  • $7.0M for Singapore across 1 deal

  • $3.8M for the United Kingdom across 1 deal

  • $3.2M for Italy across 1 deal

  • An undisclosed amount for South Korea across 1 deal

  • An undisclosed amount for New Zealand across 1 deal

🤝 Mergers & Acquisitions

📚 Great Reads

  • The Market is Forcing Cloud Vendors to Relax Data Egress Fees - A look at how market dynamics are changing the way cloud service providers think about charging for data to leave their infrastructure. This comes at a time when next-gen SIEM and security analytics platforms are increasingly becoming their own centers of data gravity.

  • *The Two-Headed SIEM Monster: Endpoint security vendors have joined cloud providers in recommending their SIEM. However, the downsides to detection engineering across multiple SIEMs haven't been widely discussed. Here’s what to consider before embracing a side SIEM.

  • The Problem of AI Ethics and Laws About AI - Benedict Evans discusses the complexities of AI ethics and regulation, using historical examples like the UK Post Office scandal and the misuse of software to illustrate that the issue is not with technology itself but with institutional failures and misuse.

  • Unveiling the Art of Mastering Vulnerability Management in Cybersecurity - Metrics play a crucial role in gauging the effectiveness of a vulnerability management program, but relying solely on numbers and averages is a recipe for failure.

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🧪 Labs

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Data Methodology and Sources

  • All of the data is captured point-in-time from publicly available sources.

  • All financial figures are converted to U.S. dollars (USD) when collected.

  • Company country locations are pulled from publicly available sources.

  • Companies are categorized using our own system at Return on Security, and we write all of the company descriptions.

  • Sometimes, the details about deals, like who's in, how much they're giving, or the deal stage, might get updated after we first publish the issue.

  • If you spot any errors, let us know, and we’ll fix them.

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