Cybersecurity M&A Roundup: 30 Deals Announced in April 2021
Tens of cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions were announced in April 2021, including by Atos, Mastercard, Rapid7, Thoma Bravo and Accenture.
Phishing detection and response solutions provider Cofense acquired Cyberfish, a company that leverages AI to protect users against phishing emails and websites. Cofense wants to combine the technologies from the two companies to provide what it described as a “holistic, advanced automation solution for email protection, detection, and response.”
Converge Technology Solutions has announced buying Dasher Technologies. Both companies provide a wide range of IT solutions, including cybersecurity. Dasher is Converge’s 19th acquisition.
Dynamic Quest, a managed services provider (MSP) specializing in IT and cloud services for enterprises, acquired Integrated Solutions, an Alabama-based MSP focusing on enterprise IT, cybersecurity and disaster recovery services. Dynamic Quest said the deal is part of its goal to “become a regional leader in the Southeastern United States.”
ENSCO, which provides aerospace, national security, rail and cybersecurity solutions to governments and private companies worldwide, has acquired Exostrategies, a firm that provides professional services, including risk management, to the U.S. government. ENSCO said the deal will enable it to expand its capabilities.
Critical event management provider Everbridge announced the acquisition of incident response and management company xMatters for $240 million in cash and stock. The combination of technologies and experts from the two companies will boost IT service operations, cybersecurity and DevOps incident response.
Fifosys, a London-based managed IT services provider, acquired Enforce Technology, which offers cybersecurity and cloud solutions. The acquisition extends Fifosys’s offering and market presence in the UK.
IT services provider Information Analysis Incorporated (IAI) acquired Tellenger, a company that offers cybersecurity, cloud, and data analytics services. Through this acquisition, IAI wants to be able to help customers better protect their systems and infrastructure.
Logicalis, a UK-based IT and cloud MSP, has acquired a majority stake in Áudea, a Spain-based firm that specializes in cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. Logicalis said Áudea complements its current cybersecurity offering.
Private equity firm McNally Capital acquired Orbis Operations, a company that provides security (both physical and cyber) and intelligence services to government and commercial organizations.
Rhipe, a cloud and tech solutions provider for the APAC region, announced buying emt Distribution, a distributor of cybersecurity solutions. Rhipe said the acquisition strengthens its presence in security software distribution and will expand its offering for the enterprise market.
Authentication and anti-keylogging solutions provider StrikeForce Technologies acquired Cybersecurity Risk Solutions, a firm that offers cyber, privacy and data protection solutions for home and business users. StrikeForce said the acquisition enables it to grow and strengthen its channel distribution strategies.
Enterprise password management firm 1Password completed the acquisition of SecretHub, a company that specializes in secrets management solutions. Through its acquisition of SecretHub, 1Password aims to provide solutions designed to help enterprises secure not only human passwords, but also infrastructure and machine-to-machine secrets.
Managed services provider AdEPT announced buying Datrix, a company that provides networking, communications, and cybersecurity solutions. Both companies are based in the UK and AdEPT paid £9.0 million ($12.5 million) in cash for Datrix. The deal is part of AdEPT’s plan to grow and provide enhanced capabilities to customers.
Privacy, security and governance solutions provider OneTrust completed the recently announced acquisition of Convercent, a company that specializes in ethics and compliance software. The goal is to enhance OneTrust’s platform with ethics and compliance technology developed by Convercent.
PKI-as-a-service and crypto-agility solutions provider Keyfactor is merging with PKI and signing solutions provider PrimeKey under the Keyfactor brand. The goal is to create a machine identity management platform that provides “flexible and highly scalable certificate issuance and automated deployment of machine identities across complex enterprise and emerging IoT and OT use cases.” The companies also announced raising $125 million in a growth round.
Private equity company TPG Capital has completed the merger of identity security solutions provider Thycotic with privileged access management company Centrify. The goal is to create a major cloud identity security vendor. The new company will operate under the temporary name ThycoticCentrify, with a new brand expected to be announced in the second half of 2021.
Insurance technology firm Zywave announced the purchase of Enquiron, a provider of risk management and consultative business solutions. Zywave said Equiron’s solutions will complement its existing products.
South Africa-based technology solutions provider Altron has acquired Lawtrust, which provides digital trust and cybersecurity solutions, for ZAR 245 million (USD 17 million). Lawtrust, which is also based in South Africa, will help Altron expand its security offerings.
French tech giant Atos announced buying Germany-based cryptovision, a company that specializes in cryptographic products and solutions for securing digital identities. Atos says the deal will help it strengthen its cybersecurity offering.
Cyber awareness and training company Boxphish has completed the acquisition of competitor Purplephish. Both companies are based in the United Kingdom. The acquisition is part of Boxphish’s growth strategy.
Cybersecurity firm Coalfire purchased Neuralys Corporation, a company that has developed a cloud-based penetration testing management platform. Neuralys founders and employees will be joining Coalfire’s Adversary Operations practice.
Consilio, a provider of eDiscovery, document review, risk management, and legal consulting services, is merging with Xact Data Discovery (XDD), which offers eDiscovery, data management, and managed review services to law firms and corporations. The resulting company will operate as Consilio.
Trusted identity, payments and data protection solutions provider Entrust has acquired Canada-based WorldReach Software, which provides identity and document verification solutions to governments and travel companies. Entrust says the acquisition will extend its ability to serve government and large enterprise customers.
Internet information and services company J2 Global announced that it will split into two publicly traded companies: J2 Global and Consensus. J2 will continue building an internet platform focused on tech, cybersecurity, health and shopping, while Consensus will provide a secure data exchange and will mainly focus on the healthcare sector.
Mastercard is acquiring digital identity verification company Ekata for $850 million. Mastercard’s goal is to boost its identity verification capabilities.
Managed cybersecurity services firm Performanta has acquired IAM solutions provider Identity Experts to expand its capabilities. Both companies are based in the UK.
Rapid7 acquired Velociraptor, a company that provides open-source technology for endpoint monitoring, digital forensics and incident response. Rapid7 hopes that Velociraptor assets will help it enhance incident response capabilities, but it has also promised to continue building the Velociraptor community.
Open source security and management firm WhiteSource acquired Diffend, a company that provides an open source threat detection solution. Diffend’s commercial offerings will be offered for free as WhiteSource Diffend. The acquisition will also enable WhiteSource to offer a software supply chain risk mitigation platform.
Consulting giant Accenture is acquiring France-based cybersecurity services company Openminded. Openminded provides advisory, cloud security, defense, and managed security services, and Accenture says the acquisition will help it strengthen its presence in France and accelerate its growth in Europe.
Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is buying enterprise security company Proofpoint in an all-cash transaction that values Proofpoint at approximately $12.3 billion. Proofpoint will exit the public markets and become a private company within Thoma Bravo’s growing stable of enterprise cybersecurity companies.