Security Market Flash Report April 2019
At RSA last month, a number of the big cloud service providers made high profile product announcements. Can this be just coincidence or is it the start of CSPs growing to dominate the cyber world? Given the increasing costs associated with a security breach, both companies and investors alike continue to invest heavily in the segment. Notably, 213 funding rounds raised a record $4.7B in 2018, and with an additional 59 rounds so far this year, the trend shows no sign of slowing. While the bottom of the cyber ecosystem is filling up, consolidation and exit opportunities are alive and well at the top. 154 M&A transactions were completed in 2018, with disclosed values exceeding $16.5B. Another $25B in value was transferred to the public markets by way of IPOs, providing an important source of liquidity for security investors. Which begs the question: who will be the lead consolidators and disruptors going forward?