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The Biggest 10 Cybersecurity Acquisitions Of 2020 (So Far)

Technology titans, private equity goliaths and platform security powerhouses spent more than $8.5 billion on the year's top cybersecurity acquisitions, placing big bets on securing applications and IoT devices as well as risk and compliance.

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A Leg Up On The Competition

Companies placed big bets on securing applications and unmanaged IoT devices as well as risk and compliance in the first half of 2020, with eight of the period's 10 biggest acquisitions focused around these technology areas.

Private equity goliaths, technology titans and pure-play security mainstays collectively spent more than $8.5 billion on the year's most significant deals, scooping up nearly 6,700 employees from an assortment of legacy firms and late-stage startups. Two of the acquired entities were founded in the 1980s, five were founded in the 2000s, and three were established in the 2010s.

Five of the acquired companies are based in Silicon Valley, two are based elsewhere in the Western U.S., two are based in the Northeastern U.S., and one is based in Israel.

Four of the acquisitions were consummated by private equity firms, three were carried out by businesses with a technology arm, two were executed by technology providers, and one was completed by a platform security vendor.

Purchase price information was obtained from company press releases or U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings or from third-party reports like Momentum Cyber or Reuters.

Here’s a look at the biggest 10 cybersecurity acquisitions impacting the channel so far in 2020.

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