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The Top 10 Cybersecurity Acquisitions Of 2018 (So Far)

Michael Novinson

Bulking Up Around The Cloud, Endpoint

Companies placed big bets on securing the cloud, endpoint and applications in the first half of 2018, with six of the period's 10 top acquisitions focused around these technology areas.

Technology titans, private equity goliaths, and pure-play security mainstays spent at least $3 billion on the year's most significant deals, scooping up nearly 2,900 employees from an assortment of legacy firms and early- and late-stage startups. All of the acquired companies were founded this century, with eight of the 10 targets established in the current decade.

Five of the acquired companies are based in Silicon Valley, three are based in the Northeast, one is based in the Southeast, and one is based elsewhere in the Western United States.

Four of the acquisitions were carried out by technology providers with broad portfolios, three were consummated by platform security vendors, two were executed by private equity firms, and one was carried out by a more narrowly focused security vendor.

Here's a look back at the 10 top cybersecurity acquisitions impacting the channel so far in 2018.

(For more on the biggest news of 2018, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")

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