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Cybersecurity M&A Roundup: 31 Deals Announced in April 2021

Cybersecurity M&A roundup for April 2021

Cybersecurity M&A roundup for April 2021

Tens of cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions were announced in April 2021, including by Atos, Mastercard, Rapid7, Thoma Bravo and Accenture.

April 1-11

Cofense acquires Cyberfish

Phishing detection and response solutions provider Cofense acquired Cyberfish, a company that leverages AI to protect users against phishing emails and websites. Cofense wants to combine the technologies from the two companies to provide what it described as a “holistic, advanced automation solution for email protection, detection, and response.”

Converge Technology Solutions acquires Dasher Technologies

Converge Technology Solutions has announced buying Dasher Technologies. Both companies provide a wide range of IT solutions, including cybersecurity. Dasher is Converge’s 19th acquisition.

Dynamic Quest acquires Integrated Solutions

Dynamic Quest, a managed services provider (MSP) specializing in IT and cloud services for enterprises, acquired Integrated Solutions, an Alabama-based MSP focusing on enterprise IT, cybersecurity and disaster recovery services. Dynamic Quest said the deal is part of its goal to “become a regional leader in the Southeastern United States.”

ENSCO acquires Exostrategies

ENSCO, which provides aerospace, national security, rail and cybersecurity solutions to governments and private companies worldwide, has acquired Exostrategies, a firm that provides professional services, including risk management, to the U.S. government. ENSCO said the deal will enable it to expand its capabilities.

Everbridge acquires xMatters

Critical event management provider Everbridge announced the acquisition of incident response and management company xMatters for $240 million in cash and stock. The combination of technologies and experts from the two companies will boost IT service operations, cybersecurity and DevOps incident response.

Fifosys acquires Enforce Technology

Fifosys, a London-based managed IT services provider, acquired Enforce Technology, which offers cybersecurity and cloud solutions. The acquisition extends Fifosys’s offering and market presence in the UK.

Information Analysis Incorporated acquires Tellenger

IT services provider Information Analysis Incorporated (IAI) acquired Tellenger, a company that offers cybersecurity, cloud, and data analytics services. Through this acquisition, IAI wants to be able to help customers better protect their systems and infrastructure.

Logicalis acquires Áudea

Logicalis, a UK-based IT and cloud MSP, has acquired a majority stake in Áudea, a Spain-based firm that specializes in cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. Logicalis said Áudea complements its current cybersecurity offering.

McNally Capital acquires Orbis Operations

Private equity firm McNally Capital acquired Orbis Operations, a company that provides security (both physical and cyber) and intelligence services to government and commercial organizations.

rhipe acquires emt Distribution

Rhipe, a cloud and tech solutions provider for the APAC region, announced buying emt Distribution, a distributor of cybersecurity solutions. Rhipe said the acquisition strengthens its presence in security software distribution and will expand its offering for the enterprise market.

StrikeForce Technologies acquires Cybersecurity Risk Solutions

Authentication and anti-keylogging solutions provider StrikeForce Technologies acquired Cybersecurity Risk Solutions, a firm that offers cyber, privacy and data protection solutions for home and business users. StrikeForce said the acquisition enables it to grow and strengthen its channel distribution strategies.

April 12-18

1Password acquires SecretHub

Enterprise password management firm 1Password completed the acquisition of SecretHub, a company that specializes in secrets management solutions. Through its acquisition of SecretHub, 1Password aims to provide solutions designed to help enterprises secure not only human passwords, but also infrastructure and machine-to-machine secrets.

AdEPT acquires Datrix

Managed services provider AdEPT announced buying Datrix, a company that provides networking, communications, and cybersecurity solutions. Both companies are based in the UK and AdEPT paid £9.0 million ($12.5 million) in cash for Datrix. The deal is part of AdEPT’s plan to grow and provide enhanced capabilities to customers.

OneTrust acquires Convercent

Privacy, security and governance solutions provider OneTrust completed the recently announced acquisition of Convercent, a company that specializes in ethics and compliance software. The goal is to enhance OneTrust’s platform with ethics and compliance technology developed by Convercent.

Keyfactor merges with PrimeKey

PKI-as-a-service and crypto-agility solutions provider Keyfactor is merging with PKI and signing solutions provider PrimeKey under the Keyfactor brand. The goal is to create a machine identity management platform that provides “flexible and highly scalable certificate issuance and automated deployment of machine identities across complex enterprise and emerging IoT and OT use cases.” The companies also announced raising $125 million in a growth round.

Thycotic merges with Centrify

Private equity company TPG Capital has completed the merger of identity security solutions provider Thycotic with privileged access management company Centrify. The goal is to create a major cloud identity security vendor. The new company will operate under the temporary name ThycoticCentrify, with a new brand expected to be announced in the second half of 2021.

Zywave acquires Enquiron

Insurance technology firm Zywave announced the purchase of Enquiron, a provider of risk management and consultative business solutions. Zywave said Equiron’s solutions will complement its existing products.

April 19-25

Altron acquires Lawtrust

South Africa-based technology solutions provider Altron has acquired Lawtrust, which provides digital trust and cybersecurity solutions, for ZAR 245 million (USD 17 million). Lawtrust, which is also based in South Africa, will help Altron expand its security offerings.

Atos acquires cryptovision

French tech giant Atos announced buying Germany-based cryptovision, a company that specializes in cryptographic products and solutions for securing digital identities. Atos says the deal will help it strengthen its cybersecurity offering.

Boxphish acquires Purplephish

Cyber awareness and training company Boxphish has completed the acquisition of competitor Purplephish. Both companies are based in the United Kingdom. The acquisition is part of Boxphish’s growth strategy.

Coalfire acquires Neuralys Corporation

Cybersecurity firm Coalfire purchased Neuralys Corporation, a company that has developed a cloud-based penetration testing management platform. Neuralys founders and employees will be joining Coalfire’s Adversary Operations practice.

Consilio merges with Xact Data Discovery (XDD)

Consilio, a provider of eDiscovery, document review, risk management, and legal consulting services, is merging with Xact Data Discovery (XDD), which offers eDiscovery, data management, and managed review services to law firms and corporations. The resulting company will operate as Consilio.

Entrust acquires WorldReach

Trusted identity, payments and data protection solutions provider Entrust has acquired Canada-based WorldReach Software, which provides identity and document verification solutions to governments and travel companies. Entrust says the acquisition will extend its ability to serve government and large enterprise customers.

J2 Global splits into J2 Global and Consensus

Internet information and services company J2 Global announced that it will split into two publicly traded companies: J2 Global and Consensus. J2 will continue building an internet platform focused on tech, cybersecurity, health and shopping, while Consensus will provide a secure data exchange and will mainly focus on the healthcare sector.

Mastercard acquires Ekata

Mastercard is acquiring digital identity verification company Ekata for $850 million. Mastercard’s goal is to boost its identity verification capabilities.

Netsurit acquires Cyber City

MSP Netsurit has acquired cloud services and cybersecurity MSP Cyber City as part of its market expansion in the United States.

Performanta acquires Identity Experts

Managed cybersecurity services firm Performanta has acquired IAM solutions provider Identity Experts to expand its capabilities. Both companies are based in the UK.

Rapid7 acquires Velociraptor

Rapid7 acquired Velociraptor, a company that provides open-source technology for endpoint monitoring, digital forensics and incident response. Rapid7 hopes that Velociraptor assets will help it enhance incident response capabilities, but it has also promised to continue building the Velociraptor community.

WhiteSource acquires Diffend

Open source security and management firm WhiteSource acquired Diffend, a company that provides an open source threat detection solution. Diffend’s commercial offerings will be offered for free as WhiteSource Diffend. The acquisition will also enable WhiteSource to offer a software supply chain risk mitigation platform.

April 26-30

Accenture acquires Openminded

Consulting giant Accenture is acquiring France-based cybersecurity services company Openminded. Openminded provides advisory, cloud security, defense, and managed security services, and Accenture says the acquisition will help it strengthen its presence in France and accelerate its growth in Europe.

Thoma Bravo acquires Proofpoint

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is buying enterprise security company Proofpoint in an all-cash transaction that values Proofpoint at approximately $12.3 billion. Proofpoint will exit the public markets and become a private company within Thoma Bravo’s growing stable of enterprise cybersecurity companies.

*added Netsurit acquisition of Cyber City and updated headline to reflect the change

Related: Cybersecurity M&A Roundup: 40 Deals Announced in March 2021

Related: Root9B, Fidem in Cybersecurity M&A Round-Up for January 2021

Related: Cybersecurity M&A Round-Up for February 2021

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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.

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