Cybersecurity M&A and Funding Update: May 28

Recent cybersecurity companies that raised capital, announced mergers and acquisitions, or financial or strategic transactions. This week, cloud computing security, digital fraud prevention, and API governance-related companies raised the highest venture funding rounds. Similarly, recent buyout transactions involved cloud security, payment fraud, deception technologies, and IoT authorization companies.


Funding


Wiz, an Israel-based cloud infrastructure security company, has raised over $120 million in a Series B funding round headed by Salesforce, the California-based software company specializing in customer relationship management (CRM) services. Existing investors including Greenoaks Capital, Insight Partners, Sequoia, and Advent International also contributed.

Salt Security, the Palo Alto-based deliverer of application programming interface (API) threat protection solutions, has secured $70 million in a Series C funding round led by Advent International, a Boston-based global private equity firm focusing on five core sectors, one of which is technology. Alkeon Capital, DFJ Growth, and previous investors including Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital, S Capital VC, and Y Combinator also participated.


SAM Seamless Network, a provider of network and IoT device security solutions based in Israel, has recently closed a $20 million Series B funding round led by BlackBerry and Verizon Ventures, with participation from Blumberg Capital, NightDragon, ADT, and Intel Capital.


Uptycs, a provider of a scalable cloud-based security analytics platform headquartered in Massachusetts, has raised $50 million in a Series C funding round headlined by Norwest Venture Partners, the Palo Alto-based growth equity investment firm targeting sectors such as cloud computing and information technology. Sapphire Ventures and ServiceNow Ventures also contributed.


DataDome, the New York-based real-time AI protection startup that defends e-commerce and classified businesses from “all OWASP automated threats, including credential stuffing, layer 7 DDoS attacks, SQL injection & intensive scraping,” has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round led by Elephant, which is also based in New York. DataDome’s previous investor ISAI also participated.


Forter, the New York software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that specializes in e-commerce fraud prevention, has secured $300 million in a Series F funding round headed by Tiger Global Management, which focuses on software and fintech industries. Third Point Ventures and Adage Capital, as well as existing investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, March Capital, and Salesforce Ventures, also contributed.


Skiff, a software company based in California that provides an end-to-end encrypted collaboration, email, and messaging platform, has secured $3.7 million in a seed funding round led by Sequoia Capital. Individual investors such as Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz, Alphabet chairman John Hennessy, and former Yahoo! chief executive Jerry Yang also participated.


Mergers & Acquisitions

ZScaler, the San Jose-based zero-trust cloud security start-up, has acquired Mumbai-based cyber deception platform Smokescreen Technologies. CEO Jay Chaudhry said the acquisition will enable ZScaler to detect targeted attacks, ransomware, and lateral movement attempts.


Nuvias Group, the European company that, in collaboration with technology start-ups, provides “security, agility and manageability for clients,” has announced its expansion through the acquisition of Cloud Distribution, a UK distributor specializing in cloud-first security & networking. The acquisition aligns with Nuvias’ strategy to create an engagement platform for partners and vendors that builds from early engagement to scalable acceleration.


Sift, the California-based software company which specializes in digital trust and safety, recently acquired Chargeback, a Utah-based developer of a SaaS-based dispute management platform to help merchants prevent payment fraud. With the acquisition, merchants can take advantage of a complete solution that addresses risk throughout all stages of user transactions.


Crossword Cybersecurity Plc, the UK-based company that specializes in the

commercialization of cybersecurity and risk management software, has acquired Verifiable Credentials Ltd., a provider of authorization infrastructure for IoT networks and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) verifiable credentials compatible middleware and wallet technology, for £2.8 million.


Relay Medical Corp., a Toronto-based HealthTech innovation company, has

completed its acquisition of Cybeats, an Ontario-based provider of cybersecurity and firmware lifecycle management services. Relay aims

to target numerous connected devices in OEM and ODM companies in the

aerospace, medical, and energy sectors.