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💰Security, Funded #56 - The "SaaSacre" and cloud trends, a summary of market movers in July, and why SSH keys alone won't cut it anymore

Hey there,

I hope you had a great weekend!

If you got the chance to attend BlackHat or DEF CON (Hacker Summer Camp) last week, I hope you had an amazing and safe time!

We've got one of the smallest weeks of the year to date in terms of overall funding amounts (from public data sources), but there continues to be a trend on betting on the data.

SaaS security and an up-and-coming category, Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) – think next gen data loss prevention, data classification, and CASB rolled into one – are making waves this year.

Let's dive in.

💰 Summary

  • 11 companies raised $97.4M across 10 unique product categories

  • 4 companies were acquired or had a merger event

🧩 By Product Category

  • $40.0M for Data Security Posture Management (DSPM)

  • $24.6M for Secure Collaboration and Messaging

  • $16.0M for SaaS Security

  • $6.0M for Privacy

  • $4.5M for Attack Surface Management (ASM)

  • $4.0M for Secure Remote Access

  • $2.3M for Email Security

  • An undisclosed amount for Threat Intelligence

  • An undisclosed amount for Managed Services Provider (MSP)

  • An undisclosed amount for Internet of Things (IoT) Security



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🏢 By Company

🤝 Mergers & Acquisitions

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📆 Special Events


DataTribe Challenge 2022What could your company do with $2 Million?The DataTribe Challenge is a unique annual competition that brings together the best entrepreneurs in the world looking to disrupt cybersecurity and data science. DataTribe selects three finalists that split $20,000 in prize money and one winner that could receive up to $2 million in seed capital.Enter your submission.

📚 Great Reads & Finds

  • Infosec Startup Buzzword Bingo: 2022 Edition - Kelly Shortridge surveyed 100 infosec companies’ websites, the vast majority of which are startups who raised VC funding in the past nine to twelve months.

  • State of the Cloud 2022 - Bessemer Venture Partners uncovers the year’s top trends and insights in the global cloud economy, including how the model is only getting better, and why being a "Centaur" is the new milestone to celebrate.

  • Cybersecurity Funding Review - July 2022 - Cybersecurity Funding Review - I take a lookback at what moved the cybersecurity market in July 2022 by the numbers with my own anecdotes.

You can see the full list of curated posts across all issues here, and you can submit an article, post, tweet, or video here and it can show up in the newsletter!

🧪 Labs

The read receipts are coming from inside the app! 😱

 Move over Mallory! There’s a new threat actor named Mark and he’s a real badass pic.twitter.com/d7Edc0K1do— Tony "Abolish ICE" Arcieri 🦀🌹 (@bascule) August 11, 2022 

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