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Cybersecurity M&A Driven To New Highs As Businesses Wage War Against Cyberattacks


  • Identity and access management, anti-malware software, network and mobile security, IT security services and financial transaction security all driving sector growth

London, UK – 10 December 2018. The Cybersecurity M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions advisors, Hampleton Partners, outlines how high profile hacks, the global digitisation of business and new regulations are driving record transaction volumes and valuations, with 141 completed transactions by October this year, surpassing 2016 and 2017 levels.

2018 has seen nine big ticket deals in excess of $500m from buyers such as Thoma Bravo, Cisco, RELX, AT&T and Francisco Partners, which have generated attention to the sector helped overall market valuations reach a new record of 5.6x sales (trailing 30-month median).

Cybersecurity Transaction Volumes 2016-2018
Cybersecurity Transaction Volumes 2016-2018

There have been 426 acquisitions in the cybersecurity sector since 2016. Of the top 40 transactions since 2016, 27 per cent were made by Private Equity buyers.

A median consensus of industry analysts forecasts that the overall cybersecurity market will grow from $132 billion in 2018 to £212 billion by 2022.

Henrik Jeberg, director, Hampleton Partners said:

Hacking is the newest form of warfare against businesses as well as nation states. The average cost of a single data breach is now € 3 million, up by six percent in a year, plus the reputational damage which can be catastrophic.

“Given the increasing market demand for cybersecurity solutions due to regulation, digitisation, high profile hacks and new technologies requiring security, we are not surprised to see a highly active M&A market for cybersecurity assets at high valuations. I expect cybersecurity to remain a hot topic in M&A, even if we go into a period of more volatile financial markets.”

In one high-profile example of a cyberattack, Maersk was forced to reinstall 4,000 servers and 45,000 computers after a “NotPetya” ransomware attack. The company reported an indirect cost through profit loss of over €300 million.

As for the future outlook for cybersecurity M&A, Henrik Jeberg, concluded:

Game-changing cybersecurity technology is now entering newer verticals such as connected and autonomous vehicles, cryptocurrencies and digital payment services, presenting new challenges and major opportunities for startups and scaleups who can help businesses protect their valuable IP and customer data.”

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Note to Editors:
Hampleton Partners’ Cybersecurity Market Report 2H 2018 is compiled using data and information from the 451 Research database (

About Hampleton Partners
Hampleton Partners is at the forefront of international mergers and acquisitions advisory for companies with technology at their core. Hampleton’s experienced deal makers have built, bought and sold over 100 fast-growing tech businesses and provide hands-on expertise and unrivalled advice to tech entrepreneurs and companies which are looking to accelerate growth and maximise value.

With offices in London, Frankfurt and San Francisco, Hampleton offers a global perspective with sector expertise in: Automotive Technology, IoT, AI, FinTech, Hi-Tech Industrials & Industry 4.0, Cybersecurity, VR/AR, HealthTech, Digital Marketing, Enterprise Software, SaaS & Cloud, E-commerce.

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