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The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2017

The security industry saw more threats and funding opportunities in 2017, with massive data breaches and ransomware attacks crippling major institutions, and vendors tapping into the deep pockets of private equity and IPOs.

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More Money, More Threats

2017 was a year of crippling challenges, with the emergence of the WannaCry ransomware attack in May affecting more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries and the July data breach of Equifax giving hackers access to personal information on some 143 million customers.

Money continued to flow into the industry to address the proliferating threat vectors, with three major security vendors receiving infusions of private equity, three others successfully debuting as publicly-trading companies, two industry mainstays launching venture funds for security startups, and two of the last independent cloud access security brokers getting scooped up by established vendors.

And a longtime endpoint security player was pulled from federal government networks and Best Buy shelves amid allegations of ties to the Russian government.

Keep on reading to relive the most significant security developments of the past year.

Get more of CRN's 2017 tech year in review .

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