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Cybersecurity M&A Deals Surge in First Half of June 2022

Cybersecurity M&A Roundup for June 2022

A total of 28 cybersecurity-related mergers and acquisitions were announced in the first half of June 2022, the highest number for half a month since SecurityWeek started tracking M&A activity in January 2021.

Acumera acquires Netsurion’s Secure Edge Networking business

Managed network security solutions provider Acumera has bought Netsurion’s Secure Edge Networking business. Acumera has acquired Netsurion’s managed networking, resilience, compliance and security solution, as well as the associated development staff, expertise and support personnel. The deal helps Acumera expand its services and market reach.

Blancco acquires WipeDrive

Data security company Blancco, which specializes in data erasure and mobile lifecycle solutions, has acquired data erasure software provider WipeDrive (formerly White Canyon Software). The deal enables Blancco to expand its reach in the United States. WipeDrive employees will join Blancco.

Centroid Systems acquires Guardian Eagle

Managed cloud services and Oracle consulting services firm Centroid Systems announced buying database protection company Guardian Eagle. The acquisition provides Centroid additional data security technologies and expertise to enhance its end-to-end cloud transformation, consulting and managed services.

Cerberus Sentinel acquires Creatrix

Cybersecurity consulting and managed security services firm Cerberus Sentinel has purchased woman-owned cybersecurity and IT company Creatrix in an effort to expand its security and identity management services. Creatrix will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Cerberus Sentinel.

Corel acquires Awingu

Canadian software company Corel has announced buying secure remote access technology provider Awingu. Awingu will become part of the Parallels portfolio and its technology will be combined with the Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) platform. Awingu will also continue to operate alongside Parallels’ offerings.

CyberCX acquires Tracer Cloud and Consegna Cloud

Australian cybersecurity services provider CyberCX has acquired Australia-based Tracer Cloud and New Zealand-based Consegna Cloud. Tracer and Consegna specialize in cloud services and their acquisition will help CyberCX boost its cloud security capabilities.

EdgeUno acquires New Access

EdgeUno, a US-based company that provides internet infrastructure services in Latin America, is acquiring New Access, which provides cybersecurity and private cloud managed services in Ecuador. The all-cash deal enables EdgeUno to expand in Ecuador and the rest of Latin America.

DigiCert acquires DNS Made Easy

Web security company DigiCert has acquired managed DNS services provider DNS Made Easy. DigiCert said the deal enables it to deliver comprehensive managed security solutions. The company said the combination of services enhances the security of certificate validation and enables the automation of future validations.

Entrust acquires Evidos

Trusted identity, payments and data protection solutions provider Entrust has acquired Netherlands-based Evidos, which provides electronic signature and identity solutions. The plan is to combine Evidos cloud-based electronic signature workflow solutions with secure certificate-based digital signature solutions from Entrust.

Forescout acquires Cysiv

Network security company Forescout is buying threat detection and response startup Cysiv. Forescout plans on leveraging Cysiv’s threat detection engine to analyze data collected by its platform. Once the acquisition has been completed next month, Cysiv will join Forescout.

Framatome acquires Cyberwatch

Framatome, a company that provides components and systems for nuclear power plants, has acquired Cyberwatch, a firm specializing in vulnerability management and compliance control. Both companies are based in France. Framatome said the deal enables it to expand and improve its cybersecurity offering.

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GM Sectec acquires Scure

GM Sectec, a cybersecurity and fraud prevention company that specializes in payment security, has acquired a majority stake in Scure, an Australia-based payment security and SSaaS products and services provider. The deal helps GM Sectec expand its product portfolio, as well as its presence in the Oceania region. Scure will become GM Sectec Australia following the acquisition.

lowRISC acquires NewAE Technology

lowRISC, an England-based nonprofit organization that specializes in developing and maintaining open source silicon designs and tools, has acquired Canada-based embedded security solutions provider NewAE Technology. The acquisition enables lowRISC to expand the capabilities of its open source OpenTitan project, which provides a reference design and integration guidelines for silicon root of trust (RoT) chips.

IBM acquires Randori

IBM announced plans to buy attack surface management (ASM) company Randori. IBM wants to feed offensive security insights from Randori into QRadar XDR to give security teams tooling for real-time attack surface visibility, intelligent alert triage, threat hunting, and incident response. IBM said it will also use Randori’s technology and people to to compliment its own X-Force Red offensive security services.

Lookout acquires SaferPass

Lookout has purchased Slovakia-based password management company SaferPass. The acquisition broadens Lookout’s portfolio and expands its footprint in Central Europe. SaferPass will operate under the Lookout brand, with the SaferPass team being fully integrated into Lookout.

Meriplex acquires LightPoint

Meriplex has acquired LightPoint. Both companies provide managed IT and cybersecurity services. LightPoint has been working with the healthcare industry and the deal enables Meriplex to strengthen its ability to service this sector.

Microsoft acquires Miburo

Microsoft is acquiring Miburo, a cyber threat analysis and research company that specializes in foreign information operations. Microsoft said the deal enables it to expand its threat detection and analysis capabilities.

Mode Solutions acquires eacs

Mode Solutions has completed the acquisition of eacs. Both companies are based in the UK and they both offer managed services, including cybersecurity. The two firms will be merged and rebranded in the coming weeks.

Netskope acquires WootCloud

SASE company Netskope has acquired smart device security platform WootCloud. As a result of the deal, Netskope will be able to extend its security service edge (SSE) and Zero Trust capabilities to protect enterprise IoT devices.

PentaFour acquires Winterhawk Consulting

PentaFour, a provider of managed ERP and GRC services, has acquired GRC, security, role design and audit company Winterhawk Consulting from access orchestration firm Pathlock. The deal helps PentaFour accelerate its multi-ERP and GRC strategy, and enhances its engineering and service delivery teams.

Presidio acquires ROVE

Digital services and solutions provider Presidio has announced the acquisition of ROVE, a system integrator serving organizations in the Southeast of the US. The deal helps Presidio’s geographic expansion. Presidio noted that ROVE’s offerings closely align with its own in several areas, including cybersecurity.

ReliaQuest acquires Digital Shadows

Security operations vendor ReliaQuest has announced plans to acquire threat intelligence startup Digital Shadows in a deal valued at $160 million. ReliaQuest said the deal adds contextual threat intelligence data to its GreyMatter platform and new technology to help organizations quickly respond to cybersecurity incidents.

SEMPRE.ai acquires NewSpace Networks

SEMPRE.ai, a government contractor specializing in securing communications and networks, has acquired aerospace infrastructure company NewSpace Networks. SEMPRE will integrate NewSpace technology into its military-grade Private 5G offerings, which are built to withstand various types of attacks, including a nuclear-generated EMP and nation state-level cyber threats.

TCDI acquires Aon’s Ediscovery Practice

Legal services, software and cybersecurity provider TCDI has signed an agreement to buy the ediscovery practice of British professional services firm Aon. The deal will help TCDI expand its ediscovery capabilities, with Aon's NOMAD mobile processing platform, PHI/PII detection and post-data-breach support tools being added to the TCDI technology suite.

The Citation Group acquires Mitigate Cyber

UK-based compliance and quality services firm The Citation Group has acquired cybersecurity training and consultancy company Mitigate Cyber, which is also based in the UK. Mitigate Cyber becomes part of The Citation Group. Mitigate said the services offered by The Citation Group complement its product portfolio.

Ultima acquires The AntiSocial Engineer

Cloud, security and digital services provider Ultima Business Solutions has acquired The AntiSocial Engineer, a company whose training services are designed to help organizations protect themselves against cyberattacks that involve social engineering. Both companies are based in the UK.

Vista Equity Partners acquires majority stake in BetterCloud

Investment firm Vista Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in cloud service management startup BetterCloud. BetterCloud’s offering includes cloud application security and data protection solutions.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.