💰 Security, Funded #151 - From Spain with Vermouth

Insights for the week of July 1, 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 Tines.

Hey there,

I hope you had a great weekend and a nice US July 4th holiday or celebrating/crying over election day in the UK and France. 😱 

While it was an eventful week on the political front in many countries, it was predictably quieter on the investment and M&A front.

So what did I do? As an American living in the UK, I did the only logical thing to celebrate: I went to Spain and drank vermouth.

10/10 would recommend doing. 🇪🇸 ðŸ¹ 

At Cala del Vermut in Barcelona

In other news, Return on Security crossed 10,000 subscribers last week after sending the 150th issue! I’m beyond excited to hit these milestones and super motivated to keep on growing for you all, and thank you again for being here.

Onward to this week's issue.


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😎 Vibe Check

What influences your cybersecurity vendor selection the most?

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Last issue’s vibe check:
Who do you think will "win" the AI Security game?
🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 🅾️ OpenAI (7)
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Ⓜ️ Microsoft (21)
🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 🧠 Google (7)
🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 🍎 Apple (7)
🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 🔮 Other (tell me) (6)
48 Votes

This was a fun vibe check from last week that generated a ton of comments. While most people believed that Microsoft would “win” the AI game, I was really surprised to see the rest so evenly split. This is a fast-moving topic, and right now, I’m in the Microsoft camp as well.

Also, shoutout to all the AI Security startups that wrote their company name into the “Other” comment response. Shooters shoot their shots. 😂 ðŸ‘ 

Some of the top comments from last week:

“[Google has] the data to train the LLMs- will most likely be the first to achieve AGI as well.”

“[Microsoft] Copilot seems to be making lots of inroads into helping customers ramp up quickly and seems like the MSSPs are utilizing it as well.”

“There is no winning in the AI security game.”

💰 Market Summary

  • 6 companies raised $23.7M across 6 unique product categories in 5 countries

  • 5 companies were acquired or had a merger event across 4 unique product categories

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

  • No public cyber company had an earnings report

📸 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.

Last week was a very quiet and predictable week on the funding front. We saw the same thing happen last year (and the year before). Now is when the industry begins to push, leading up to Black Hat USA in August.

Still an eventful week on the M&A front, even with the holidays and elections. There is still a strong desire for late-stage companies to acquire the talent and capabilities of proven startups, and services businesses still dominate.

🤙 Earnings Reports

Here are notable earnings reports from public cybersecurity companies. This section is Powered by Quartr, where I track all the latest earning reports.

Earnings reports this week: None

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

🧩 Funding By Product Category

  • $16.2M for Internet of Things (IoT) Security across 1 deal

  • $5.0M for Blockchain Security across 1 deal

  • $2.5M for Security and Compliance Automation across 1 deal

  • An undisclosed amount for Secrets Management across 1 deal

  • An undisclosed amount for Operational Technology (OT) Security across 1 deal

  • An undisclosed amount for Email Security across 1 deal

🏢 Funding By Company

🌎 Funding By Country

  • $16.2M for Italy across 1 deal

  • $5.0M for Taiwan across 1 deal

  • $2.5M for United States across 2 deal

  • An undisclosed amount for Singapore across 1 deal

  • An undisclosed amount for Australia across 1 deal

🤝 Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Combitech Norway, a Norway-based professional services firm focused on cloud security and penetration testing, was acquired by Telenor Cyberdefence for an undisclosed amount. (more)

  • Diverto, a Croatia-based managed security services provider (MSSP), was acquired by Marlink for an undisclosed amount. (more)

  • Noetic Cyber, a United States-based cyber asset management and controls platform, was acquired by Rapid7 for an undisclosed amount. (more)

  • Secure Enterprise Engineering, a United States-based professional services firm focused on security engineering, was acquired by SIXGEN for an undisclosed amount. (more)

  • Wallet Guard, a United States-based Web3 transaction fraud protection browser extension, was acquired by Consensys for an undisclosed amount. (more)

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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 system at Return on Security, and we write all the company descriptions.

  • Sometimes, the details about deals, like who led the round, how much money was raised, or the deal stage, might get updated after the issue is first published.

  • Let us know if you spot any errors, and we’ll fix them.

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