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Cybersecurity acquisitions - January 2021 M&A

More than a dozen cybersecurity-related acquisitions were announced in January 2021, including some by major companies such as Deloitte, Accenture and Atos.

Accenture acquires Real Protect

Professional services company Accenture has acquired Real Protect, a Brazil-based managed security and cyber defense services provider, in an effort to extend its cybersecurity presence and capabilities in Latin America. The acquisition was announced on January 12 and it was completed roughly one week later.

Atos acquires Fidem

France-based IT consulting giant Atos has announced the purchase of Fidem, a Canada-based cybersecurity consulting company. Atos said the acquisition will reinforce its position in the cybersecurity services market, enhance its capabilities through the addition of experienced Fidem consultants, and expand its client portfolio.

Charterhouse acquires Pentesec

IT and communications solutions provider Charterhouse Voice and Data has announced buying Pentesec, a UK-based firm that provides cybersecurity consultancy and solutions. Pentesec told customers that the available solutions portfolio will be enhanced as a result of the deal.

Cipherpoint acquires Brace168

Cipherpoint, an Australia-based firm that specializes in SharePoint data protection, has acquired Brace168, a managed security services company, also based in Australia, that provides detection and prevention services. Brace168 was acquired from its shareholders for $3 million in cash, as well as Cipherpoint shares.

Deloitte acquires Root9B

Professional services giant Deloitte has acquired all assets of Root9B, which provides cyber threat hunting services and solutions. Deloitte said the deal will strengthen its existing detection and response offering with R9B’s professionals, and threat hunting and risk assessment solutions.

Entrust acquires HyTrust

Trusted identity, payments and data protection solutions provider Entrust acquired HyTrust, a company that provides virtualized and multi-cloud data encryption, key management, and cloud security posture management solutions. Entrust said the acquisition will enable it to add a management layer for encryption, cryptographic keys and cloud security policies to its solutions.

GMI acquires Alagen

Tech solutions provider GMI has bought Alagen, a cybersecurity services consultancy. Both companies are based in Phoenix, Arizona. GMI said the acquisition will enable it to expand its cybersecurity services.

HelpSystems acquires FileCatalyst

Cybersecurity and automation software company HelpSystems announced buying Canada-based FileCatalyst, which specializes in accelerated file transfer solutions. HelpSystems said FileCatalyst’s solutions, which enable organizations to quickly and securely transfer large files, complements its own managed file transfer and robotic process automation solutions.

Huntress acquires Level Effect technology

Managed detection and response (MDR) solutions provider Huntress has acquired endpoint detection and response (EDR) technology from a startup named Level Effect. Huntress aims to expand and strengthen its capabilities. While Huntress has acquired the EDR technology and related IP portfolio from Level Effect, the latter will continue to operate as its own independent business.

Ivanti acquires Cherwell

IT management and cybersecurity solutions provider Ivanti acquired Cherwell Software, a company that specializes in enterprise service management solutions. Through this acquisition, Ivanti wants to expand the reach of its Neurons automation platform. Ivanti said it will continue to maintain and improve both the Cherwell and its own service management platforms.

Juniper Networks acquires Apstra

Network security firm Juniper Networks completed the acquisition of Apstra, a company that provides data center network automation solutions. The acquisition will enable Juniper to provide what it described as an “open, programmable and highly-scalable solution for next-generation data centers and cloud networks.”

Kyberleijona Oy acquires Deltagon Oy

Kyberleijona Oy, a subsidiary of Finland-based access management solutions provider SSH Communications Security will acquire all shares of Deltagon Oy from Leijonaverkot Oy in a deal estimated at roughly €15.4 million ($18 million). Deltagon Oy is also based in Finland and provides secure messaging and transaction solutions. Through the acquisition, SSH hopes to strengthen its “position as a provider of secure networking and messaging solutions.”

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions acquires Trident ACS product line

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions acquired the Trident Assured Collaboration Systems (ACS) product line. ACS is the only VoIP, video teleconference and cross domain solution (CDS) approved by the U.S. government and Owl believes the new capabilities will strengthen its CDS offering and will ensure that it has a broad range of certified network perimeter defense solutions.

Peraton acquires Perspecta

Perspecta, a U.S. government services provider that, among other things, provides cybersecurity services, has announced an agreement to be acquired by Peraton, a company of investment firm Veritas Capital, in an all-cash deal valued at $7.1 billion. Peraton will be combined with Perspecta following the transaction. National securities firm Monteverde & Associates PC announced that it’s investigating the proposed deal.

Rapid7 acquires Alcide

Cybersecurity and compliance solutions provider Rapid7 has acquired Alcide, an Israel-based Kubernetes security firm, reportedly for $50 million. Alcide will become Rapid7's development center in Israel and while most employees will move to Rapid7, some of them will be laid off. Rapid7 aims to improve its Kubernetes security capabilities through the acquisition.

Sysnet Global Solutions acquires NuArx

Cybersecurity and compliance company Sysnet Global Solutions acquired NuArx, which provides PCI compliance, managed security and digital transformation solutions for the convenience, restaurant, grocery and retail sectors in North America.

TPG Capital acquires majority stake in Centrify

Private equity firm TPG Capital is acquiring a majority stake in privileged access management (PAM) solutions provider Centrify from Thoma Bravo.

WebARX acquires ThreatPress

Website security company WebARX acquired ThreatPress, a WordPress security company that has created a free vulnerability database. The database will remain free and WebARX plans on expanding it to also cover vulnerabilities affecting Magento, Drupal and Joomla.

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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.