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In 2020, $ 7.8 billion was invested in cybersecurity companies

The health crisis did not hold back investors who financially supported cybersecurity companies over the past year. According to Crunchbase, $ 7.8 billion has been poured into its capital, an amount that has not been reached since 2011.

In terms of the distribution of funds invested in cyber last year, 76% were in the US, 13% in Israel, 3% in the UK and 8% in other countries (Geralt / Pixabay) It's no secret that the health crisis has brought unprecedented challenges in terms of remote collaboration and changes in the way we work. Due to the strong reliance on teleworking, companies are exposed to a considerable cyber risk, for example by mechanically increasing the attack surface via connections to IS from home. A factor that is an ideal breeding ground for the rise of solutions and sercybersecurity vices with businesses. But not only.

The past year has also seen a huge appetite from venture capital firms and mutual funds to invest massively in the sector. So much so that a threshold has been crossed: According to the latest figures, one carried out by Crunchbase

-Study, capital-intensive investments in cyber companies on a global scale (fundraising, IPO ...) exceeded $ 7.8 an amount even higher than 2019 ($ 7.6 billion), a year that has already passed had proven to be the best vintage since this study was carried out in 2011. This comfortable mattress has been distributed to more than 665 establishments. These include Snyk ($ 300M), iboss ($ 145M), or even BioCatch, Aqua Security, Cato Networks ... Digital Transformation and Pandemic, Cybersecurity Growth Accelerator "The cybersecurity industry has seen rapid global growth. A. Over the past decade, and as many businesses are forced to switch online, the pandemic has only increased that urgency and made the cybersecurity industry relevant, "says Crunchbase. Cybersecurity companies are in promising areas like network security, cloud security, data loss prevention, or even Intruder detection active. As well as identity and access management, endpoint protection at the end of the network and anti-malware. According to the study, around 1,500 cybersecurity companies have received funding since 2017, which is broken down as follows according to their maturity: 58% of them in seed Stage, 32% in growth and 10% beyond. ”In 2020 gi Around 6% of global cybersecurity investments were in early-stage companies, 39% grew, 53% were late, and just over 2% were at the technological maturity stage. "We can read in the report. According to the number of companies in which they invested between 2019 and 2020, Accel (21), Insight Partners (17), Techstars (15), Y Combinator (14) or even TenEleven Ventures belong to the most active fund in cybersecurity. Lightspeed Venture Partners, ClearSky and ForgePoint Capital (each with 13 companies). Behind: Intel Capital (12), Salesforce Ventures (11) and Sequoia Capital (11). Cybersecurity far behind biotech and fintech If the Number 7.8 billion should be put in perspective with two others.First of all, the total spending on information security and risk management, which Gartner estimates at nearly $ 208 billion by 2024, is much less in other sectors than cybersecurity in relation to other sectors No less than $ 45.1 billion was put into the pot at biotech companies, compared to $ 26.8 billion at fintech Ue also continued to whet investor appetite ($ 8.6 billion). However, cybersecurity investments stand out ahead of Agritech ($ 6 billion) or Adtech ($ 3.4 billion). In 2020, 6 cybersecurity companies have become unicorns, with a valuation that exceeds $ 1 billion. Namely Snyk, SentinelOne, Verkada, Arctic Wolf, Cato Networks and BigID. Among the cybersecurity unicorns to be marked in 2021 and who have received the most funding since its inception: Armis Security ($ 237M), Coalition ($ 300M), Wiz ($ 230M), OwnBackup ($ 267M) . $), Axonius ($ 195 million) Socure ($ 194 million), Orca Security ($ 292 million), Lacework ($ 599 million), and Aqua Security ($ 265 million). Europe and France, 5th Wheel of Cybersecurity Investment Coach in relation to the distribution of funds invested last year, the US accounted for 76%, Israel 13%, UK 3% and other countries 8%. And France in all of that? "They are mainly targeted on the Nasdaq, and very few cyber-gamers make it to the stock exchanges in Europe," said Jean-Noël de Galzain, Chairman and CEO of Wallix and Chairman of Hexatrust Investing in cyber companies in Europe and France is expected to increase, but the problem is not so much the level of investment as a lack of local, European and global ambition, so we need to pull the lever to attract European and French cyber companies Simplified rules to make more attractive to companies and European certifications, which will then be able to water a market with the trillions of expenses caused by digital transformation and pandemic. "