$15B of M&A and Over $6B of
Cybersecurity Venture Capital Deals in 2018
Cyber released its second annual Cybersecurity Almanac for 2019 – the
most comprehensive and accurate transaction data and insights available
on the industry. Culled from analysis of over 3,500 cybersecurity
companies across the globe and strategic deal activity including IPOs,
mergers and acquisitions (M&A), venture capital and private equity
financings, and the market impact of news and events, the 800-page
Cybersecurity Almanac chronicles the key trends which made 2018 a
record-breaking year for the industry including $15.5 billion in M&A
volume and $6.2 billion in VC investments.
• M&A: 2018 set another M&A record in the cybersecurity space, with a total of 183 transactions for $15.5 billion in aggregate disclosed value. The year saw increased industry requirements in risk and compliance translate into more M&A activity across the Identity and Access Management category, surpassing the Managed Security Services Providers category.
• PE & VC: Private equity continued to shower the sector in funding with 44 completed deals, accounting for over 40% of M&A activity deal volume, and venture capital invested nearly $6.2 billion, a $1.1 billion increase on last year's figure.
• IPOs & Public Company Trading Analysis: The cybersecurity IPO market also set a record with five cybersecurity companies going public – Avast, Carbon Black, Tenable, Solarwinds and Zscaler. Cybersecurity stocks consistently outperformed the S&P and other technology indices in 2018.
• Data Breaches: 2018 witnessed another year of major breaches, with over 1,000 breaches reported in the US – including Starwood, MyFitnessPal, Quora, and Facebook’s combined loss of more than 800 million users’ data.
• Trends & Predictions: Expert analysis reflects on key events and drivers impacting the space in 2018 and what’s expected in 2019, including increased focus on hybrid cloud computing infrastructure security; increased emphasis on “force multiplier” solutions such as security analytics, orchestration and automation, and partial or even complete outsourcing of security services to MSSP and MDR providers; and the continued tailwinds of privacy and compliance propelling data-centric security solutions in the market.
• Spotlight Risks: From exposed Wi-Fi networks at airports to nation-state-level attacks on supply chains, the Almanac reveals likely targets and areas with increasing vulnerabilities.
• Sector Focus: Detailed
perspectives across 24 cybersecurity sectors including Cloud
Infrastructure Security, Managed Detection and Response, Industrial
Control Systems and Operational Technology Security, and Deception,