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10 Emerging Cybersecurity Trends To Watch In 2022

Michael Novinson

A variety of new cybersecurity threats, technologies and business models have emerged as the COVID-19 pandemic dragged into its second year and criminal gangs became more brazen than ever before.

Private Equity Acquisitions

Private equity goliaths spent $41.3 billion on major cybersecurity acquisitions in 2021, scooping up more than 19,200 employees from an assortment of legacy firms and late-stage startups. In the largest cybersecurity acquisition in history, a group of private equity and investment firms led by Advent and Permira agreed in November to take consumer cybersecurity giant McAfee private for $14 billion.

Email security has found itself in the center of the private equity crosshairs, with Thoma Bravo buying Proofpoint for $12.3 billion in August in the second-largest cybersecurity deal of all time and Permira agreeing in December to buy Mimecast for $5.8 billion. Elsewhere, Bain Capital and Crosspoint Capital teamed up in June to purchase network detection and response vendor ExtraHop for $900 million.

A pair of private equity firms have focused on consolidating rival firms with overlapping capabilities, with Symphony Technology Group (STG) buying McAfee Enterprise for $4 billion and FireEye for $1.2 billion and bringing their XDR capabilities together to form Trellix. And in the identity space, TPG Capital bought Thycotic for $1.4 billion and Centrify for $900 million and combined the two organizations.

 
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