Momentum Cyber is proud to release our Cybersecurity Mid-year Review for 2018. The mid-year report examines 1H’18 cybersecurity transactions and identifies trends that are impacting the dynamic and rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape. Tapping into the firm’s industry-leading and proprietary M&A and financing transaction database, we see that 1H’18 has already experienced a record volume of strategic activity with 310 transactions deploying over $7.2B across M&A (101 transactions, $4.2B) and financing (209 transactions, $3.0B).

“A combination of global conditions has created the perfect cyber storm bearing out opportunities for investment, as is evidenced in the level of financings and M&As we’ve witnessed in the first half of this year alone,” said Momentum Cyber Chairman Dave DeWalt. “Vulnerabilities exposed by the speed of innovation, the increasing significance of internet anonymity, and geo-political tensions are just a few heavy-hitting factors driving some of the biggest waves in cyber.”

Inside you will find a series of insights across the Cybersecurity industry including:

  • M&A: A record 101 M&A transactions, totaling $4.2B in transaction volume, representing an 11% increase year-over-year
  • PE & VC: A record 209 financing transactions, totaling $3.0B in transaction value, with a median amount raised of $8.0M
  • Initial Public Offerings: IPO activity is on track to surpass 2017 with 3completed IPOs in 1H’18 (Zscaler, Carbon Black, Avast) quickly followed by Tenable (July), and a strong pipeline including Tanium, Darktrace, Pindrop, Illumio and Cloudflare
  • Public Company Valuations: Valuations continue to trend higher for public cybersecurity companies, with median multiples increasing by 76%since the “Trough” back in June 2016
  • Cryptocurrency Hacks: An alarming $2.3B has been lost to cryptocurrency hacks and breaches so far this year
  • Hot Trends: Trends across cybersecurity include social media as an increasing attack vector, private equity’s continued appetite for cybersecurity, U.S. airports’ Wi-Fi network vulnerabilities, GDPR’s influence on the data privacy industry, and the cybersecurity skills shortage
  • Sector Focus: Detailed perspectives across specific cybersecurity sectors including Security Orchestration & Automation (SOAR), Risk Assessment & Visibility, Threat Intelligence, Security Information & Event Management (SIEM), Data Encryption, Pen Testing & Breach Simulation, and Social Media & Digital Risk Management

Please feel free to download or view our full report here

Source:  Momentum Cyber

August 6, 2018

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