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The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2016

From election security, to the Symantec Blue Coat acquisition, to the Dyn attack, to Apple versus the FBI, here are the biggest security news stories of 2016.

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10. Startup Funding Shift

While headlines last year touted funding wins for a seemingly endless line of security startups, 2016 brought the irrationality in the security startup market partially back down to Earth. According to CB Insights, private investors put about $3.3 billion into 229 security startups last year. This year so far, the industry has seen $745 million in Q1 and $802 million in Q2 of investments in startups, or $1.5 million for the first half, according to CB Insights. While more money was funneled into security startups in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015, which saw $1.2 million in funding for security companies, executives at startups and venture capital firms say by the time it's over, 2016 will prove to be a more selective investing environment for security than the previous year. The number of mega-investment rounds was also down, with five deals well over $100 million in funding in 2015 and only three so far in 2016 (for Cylance, Mobi Magic and LogicMonitor). Analysts and venture capital investors interviewed by CRN expect this shift to continue into 2017, as companies become more rational about their security spending and startup exit opportunities continue to be slower due to a lagging tech IPO market.

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