I'm back in the US after a nice family holiday in the UK!
While in the UK, I saw a few small English countryside towns, learned to drive on the left side of the road through rolling hills and crazy narrow roads, and saw my fair share of pubs and UK beers.
Plus sheep, there was a lot of sheep. 🐑 A good time was had by all.
Speaking of 🍺, it seems the cybersecurity company acquisition space is all about one-upping. Google acquires Mandiant for $5.4B? Thoma Bravo, KKR, and Kaseya (yes, that Kaseya) said "hold my beer" with their own mega acquisitions.
Let's dive in.
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Funding by Product Category for the week of April 11, 2022
18 companies raised $524.5M across 14 unique product categories
7 companies were acquired or had a merger event for $17.1B
🧩 By Product Category
$215.0M for Managed Detection and Response (MDR)
$120.0M for SaaS Security
$65.0M for Identity and Access Management (IAM)
$42.0M for Secure Remote Access
$33.0M for Data Protection
$24.0M for Penetration Testing
$10.5M for Privileged Access Management (PAM)
$6.0M for Extended Detection and Response (XDR)
$5.0M for Fraud Protection
$4.0M for Cyber Insurance
An undisclosed amount for Security Awareness
An undisclosed amount for Professional Services
An undisclosed amount for Privacy
An undisclosed amount for Network Security
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🏢 By Company
Critical Start, a managed detection and response (MDR) platform, raised a $215.0M Private Equity Round from Vista Equity Partners.
Obsidian Security, a SaaS security posture management (SSPM) platform, raised a $90.0M Series C from Menlo Ventures, Innovation Valley Partners, and Greylock.
Silverfort, an agentless authentication and identity verification platform, raised a $65.0M Series C from Greenfield Partners.
Twingate, a secure remote access platform, raised a $42.0M Series B from 8VC.
DoControl, a data access monitoring, orchestration, and remediation platform for SaaS applications, raised a $30.0M Series B from Insight Partners.
Prelude, an automated red team tool, raised a $24.0M Series A from Sequoia Capital.
Sentra, a cloud data security platform, raised a $23.0M Seed from Bessemer Venture Partners.
Securden, a Windows privileged access management (PAM) platform, raised a $10.5M Series A from Tiger Global Management.
666 Encryption, the self-proclaimed "world's most advanced" encryption platform, raised a $10.0M Seed.
Blueshift Cybersecurity, an extended detection and response (XDR) company, raised a $6.0M Seed from CyberJunction and WestWave Capital.
VerifyMe, an identity verification and fraud protection platform, raised a $5.0M Post-IPO Equity round.
Surance.io, a threat monitoring platform for cyber insurance companies, raised a $4.0M Series A from Tech Mahindra.
ANKKI, a data security governance company, raised an undisclosed Venture Round from Qi An Xin.
HacWare, an email security awareness platform leveraging AI, raised an undisclosed Seed from Elevate Capital.
Imprivata, a single sign-on platform for sensitive health data, raised an undisclosed Private Equity Round from Thoma Bravo.
infiniDome, a platform for protecting drones, vehicles, and critical infrastructure from jamming attacks, raised an undisclosed Series B from Honeywell Venture Capital, Nextgear Ventures, and VentureIsrael.
Ingeek, a cybersecurity consulting firm, raised an undisclosed Series B from PICC Capital Investment Management.
Sarus, a data privacy and synthetic data platform, raised an undisclosed Seed from FAST — by GETTYLAB.
🤝 Mergers & Acquisitions
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📚 Great Reads & Finds
10 Fundamental (but really hard) Security Metrics - a list of non-traditional cybersecurity program metric ideas for the community to wrestle with. Many of these may seem impossible at first or may require more coordination than what you may be used to, but working through this list will be a good thought exercise.
Creating a Proactive Security Engineering Culture - Atomic fixes, doable by engineers, observed by leaders. A write-up of how Chime built a proactive product security and security engineering culture.
The IT Shuffle - More and more these days, IT is at the frontlines of security. They are dealing with users on a day-day basis and touching components that affect them.
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