Exit Scenarios For Cybersecurity Growth Firms: Why Investors are More Likely to See Acquisitions than IPOs
Like most cutting-edge technology industries, the cybersecurity industry benefits from a steady stream of new companies and funding. What makes cybersecurity unique is the sheer number of companies formed each year and the fast pace of consolidation in the space. As highlighted in our research report, “Hacking Secure Growth: A New Era in Cybersecurity”, the impact of cybercrime is worsening. Companies are suffering greater losses from hacks and breaches even as they ramp up cybersecurity spending.
As investors pour money into cybersecurity startups, the competition is fiercer than ever. Yet the presence of all-in-one tech giants such as Cisco, Microsoft, and Amazon raises questions about the long- term prospects of young companies with relatively narrow scopes. Thus, it is critical to understand how the current pipeline of private funding and companies will impact the industry in the future.
In this report, we analyze the cybersecurity industry by investigating questions in the following four key areas:
- Private Funding Trends in Cybersecurity
What are the key investment trends in cybersecurity, and what do they mean for young cybersecurity companies? How does venture capital funding compare with private equity funding, and why has PE been so active in the space?
- Cybersecurity Exit Analysis
How have recent cybersecurity IPOs performed, and what can we learn from recent cybersecurity exits in general? Who are the most important acquirers of cybersecurity companies and how will they shape the market moving forward?
- Cybersecurity Companies in the Public Markets
How are public markets valuing leading cybersecurity companies and how do public and private stack up? Who are the leading public players who are influencing the cybersecurity market?
- Cybersecurity Companies in the Private Markets
Who are the leading VC-backed and PE-backed cybersecurity companies and what sets them apart from their peers? Who are the unicorns of tomorrow and emerging companies to watch? How will the next (third) generation of cybersecurity generations differ from previous generations?
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