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The 10 Biggest Cybersecurity News Stories Of 2018

The security industry has in 2018 seen an infusion of capital to address continuing problems, with vendors tapping into the deep pockets of private equity and IPOs, and data breaches shaking two major American companies to the core.

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9. Cybersecurity IPOs Abound In 2018, With More Possibly To Come

San Jose, Calif.-based rising cloud security star Zscaler kicked off the IPO spree in March, raising $192 million in a Nasdaq public offering. Two months later, Waltham, Mass.-based next-generation endpoint security vendor Carbon Black hauled in $152 million in a Nasdaq public offering.

That same month, Prague, Czech Republic-based endpoint security vendor Avast raised $194.7 million in gross primary proceeds from an IPO on the London Stock Exchange. In late June, Columbia, Md.-based security and cyber-risk vendor Tenable filed to raise an expected $209 million in a Nasdaq IPO. And in August, Herzliya, Israel-based software defined access provider Safe-T Group raised $7.3 million in a Nasdaq public offering.

Two months later, Reuters reported that Sunnyvale, Calif.-based endpoint security vendor CrowdStrike had hired Goldman Sachs to prepare for an IPO in the first half of 2019 with a valuation in excess of $3 billion. The following week, Reuters said San Francisco-based web performance and security vendor Cloudflare has brought in Goldman Sachs to lead an H1 2019 IPO with a valuation exceeding $3.5 billion.

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