SharesPost: Cybersecurity to Grow to $165 Billion Market; Big Tech Will Continue to Acquire VC-Funded Start-Ups

August 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 20, 2018--A record volume of venture capital being invested in cybersecurity firms has unleashed a wave of innovation that could result in mostly M&A liquidity events rather than initial public offerings over the next few years, according to a trio of new cybersecurity reports from SharesPost.

“The cybersecurity industry is growing in complexity and scope to address the widening array of global threats,” said Rohit Kulkarni, Managing Director and Head of Research of SharesPost, Inc. “The upshot is that the cybersecurity market could continue to see capital flow to fund new companies and innovation. At the same time, cyber spending could outpace IT spending, creating a $165 billion market in 2023 from $95 billion today.”

Among key findings of the report:

More M&A Ahead. Cybersecurity firms such as Zscaler and Carbon Black have enjoyed strong IPOs this year, but don’t expect emerging venture and private equity-backed start-ups to follow that example. The most likely exit opportunity for cyber security start-ups will be M&A, not an IPO, the report found. The likely acquirers will be big tech firms, such as Symantec, Cisco, Microsoft, and Raytheon, which have been acquiring cyber start-ups. The sector is also an attractive opportunity for private equity investors to roll-up best-of-breed solutions. Click to read: SharesPost Survey Reveals Cybersecurity Lapses. Despite increased awareness of cybersecurity threats, 61% of security professionals surveyed reported malware, malicious data breaches, hacker activity or other cybersecurity threats over the past 12 months. This number likely understates the ubiquity of breaches because it can’t account for undiscovered breaches, and respondents are often unwilling to disclose breaches, even anonymously. The survey, which received 372 responses from cybersecurity industry professionals, also found that more than 90% of those polled are planning to increase their spend on cybersecurity software and cybersecurity insurance products. Only 5% said they plan to spend less over the next year. Click to read: New Technology, New Challenges, New Products & Markets. Three developments could likely have the most widespread impact on cybersecurity in the near-term: Cloud and hybrid security solutions, advanced data analytics and Machine Learning. As important, cybersecurity is now an issue for entire countries, not just public or private companies. Governments around the world are increasingly trying to protect consumers, corporations and national security with new regulations that will create new demand for cybersecurity solutions. Click to read:

About SharesPost, Inc.

SharesPost is a FINRA-registered broker-dealer, SEC-registered Alternative Trading System (ATS) and Registered Investment Advisor. SharesPost helped launch the secondary market for private tech companies in 2009 and has built one of the leading platforms for secondary transactions and digital securities. SharesPost provides the private tech asset class with a suite of trading and lending solutions to facilitate shareholder and option holder liquidity. With more than $4 billion in secondary market transactions in the shares of more than 200 leading technology companies, SharesPost provides the trading, research and online tools to transact in the private market with confidence. For more information, visit sharespost.com.

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