I hope you had a great weekend!
A short work week for the US with Labor Day, but lots of action still happened.
To all my friends in the UK, or to anyone who was impacted by Queen Elizabeth II's passing, I am sorry for your loss. 🇬🇧❤️
In this week's issue:
Zscaler made a big splash in earnings
Funding and acquisition volume is back up
The Password Manager Funding Starter Pack™️
Zscaler ($ZS) earnings report dropped this past Thursday and it was a big splash. They had a blowout quarter with 61% YoY revenue growth bringing in $318.1M, beating analysts expectations.
Let's dive in.
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📊 Market News
💰 Funding Summary
14 companies raised $419.2M across 12 unique product categories
7 companies were acquired or had a merger event across 3 unique product categories for $1.8M
🧩 Funding by Product Category
$100.0M for Identity and Access Management (IAM)
$70.0M for Breach & Attack Simulation (BAS)
$66.4M for Continuous Compliance
$40.0M for Managed Detection and Response (MDR)
$40.0M for Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP)
$22.0M for Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP)
$22.0M for Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Security
$21.0M for Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)
$20.0M for Data Security Posture Management (DSPM)
$10.8M for Identity Verification
$6.0M for Software Supply Chain Security
$1.0M for Application Security
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🏢 Funding By Company
Naoris Protcol, a distributed ledger technology (DLT) security protocol supporting decentralized identity and privacy of Web3, raised a $22.0M Venture Round from BPMT Trading Ltd and Holdun Family Office. (more)
Evident, an identity verification for the insurance market, raised a $10.8M Venture Round.
🤝 Mergers & Acquisitions
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📆 Special Events
I'm on the CISO advisory board for DataTribe and they are a top-notch group, so you won't want to miss this if you're raising funds.
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📚 Great Reads
How to hire and build your cybersecurity team - Netflix’s former InfoSec leader Jason Chan offers early stage founders six "green flags" to look out for when hiring and building cybersecurity teams that truly make an impact.
Some MSPs struggle to sell cybersecurity services - MSPs struggling to sell cybersecurity might consider positioning such offerings as a necessary expense akin to taxes -- and acknowledge clients would prefer to invest elsewhere.
I revamped the referral rewards for the newsletter to include new items and discounts from the Return on Security Shop like this 👇
Cybersecurity, but make it fashion
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