Security Technology Startup Highlights  – Q1 2018

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Here is our Q1 2018 summary report on the security technology startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

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Security Technology Sector Overview - Q1 2018

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Our security technology report and research platform contains companies that enable enterprises and consumers to secure their data and networks. They often focus on protecting information, authenticating identity, and defending against cybersecurity attacks.

In this post we examine the different components of security technology and how they make up this startup ecosystem. We have classified the companies into 14 categories. This blog post will illustrate what these categories are and which categories have the most companies. We will also look at how these categories compare with one another in terms of their funding and maturity.

Threat Detection and Mitigation Is the Largest Security Technology Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map for the security technology sector. As of March 2018, we have classified 1063 security technology startups into 14 categories that have raised $25 billion. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also...

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Security Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q1 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Security Technology sector. The graphic includes data through February 2017.

Security Technology Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Security Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2014 ranks at the top with around 95 companies founded. 2013 follows as the runner-up with about 91 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 868 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $16.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology market report.

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Security Technology Funding by Round - Q1 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Security Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using 2017 data through February.

Security Technology Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2006 to 2015, we saw a general increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2015. Series A, B, and C funding rounds make up the majority of the funding amount. After 2015 the overall sector funding saw a sharp decline.

Security Technology Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016 we’ve seen a gradual upward trend that peaked in 2016. Earlier stage funding such as Seed, Series A, and Series B events make up the majority of funding event counts. 

We are currently tracking 852 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $15.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology landscape report and...

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Security Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q1 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Security Technology sector. The graphics include data through October 2016. 

Exit Activity by Category in Security Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Security Technology category. The Threat Detection/Mitigation category leads the sector with 14 IPOs and 28 acquisitions. The Data/Information Security category follows behind with 4 IPOs and 22 acquisitions.

Exit Activity by Year in Security Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Security Technology by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 26 acquisitions, with 2015 following behind with 23 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 828 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $15 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology landscape report and database.

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Average and Median Age by Security Technology Category - Q1 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Security Technology sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016. 

Average and Median Age by Security Tech Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Security Technology category. The Email Security category has the highest average age at around 13 years and the highest median age at around 14 years. The Brand Protection category is the runner-up with an average age of around 12 years and a median age of around 10 years.

We are currently tracking 801 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $14.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology landscape report and database.

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Venture Investing In Security Technology Q3 2016

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Venture Investing in Security Technology

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Security Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Threat Detection/Mitigation category is leading the sector, coming in at around $6B in funding and about 200 startups. The Endpoint/Firewall Security category comes in second for funding at around $4B. 

We are currently tracking 731 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 39 countries, with a total of $12 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology landscape report and database.

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Average Funding by Security Technology Category - Q3 2016

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The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Security Technology category. The Email Security category leads the sector with over $120M in average funding per company, followed by the Computer Forensics category with around $120M in average funding per company.

We are currently tracking 716 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 39 countries, with a total of $11.9B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology landscape report and dataset.

 

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Security Technology Headcount Distribution - Q3 2016

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The above graph summarizes the percentage of Security Technology companies with a certain employee headcount range. Companies with 11–50 employees make up almost 45% of the market, with the ranges of 1-10 employees making up over 25% of the market. 

We are currently tracking 706 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 39 countries, with a total of $11 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology landscape report and dataset.

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Security Technology Activity by Selected Investors - Q3 2016

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The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Security Technology investors participated in, and the number of unique Security Tech companies funded by selected investors. Accel currently leads the pack with 26 investments into Security Technology and backing 21 companies. Sequoia Capital is the runner-up with 24 investments into Security Technology and backing 10 companies.

We are currently tracking 565 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 34 countries, with a total of $7.6 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Security Technology landscape report and data.

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Security Technology Market Overview

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The sector map below organizes the Security Technology sector into 14 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

We organize Security Technology into the 14 categories listed below:

Cloud and Hosting Server Security: Companies that provide security solutions that protect hosting servers from being attacked. Examples include security solutions for cloud applications, third-party cloud services, and cloud data files.

Identity and Fraud Security: Companies that authenticate identities, approve access within a system, and monitor activities to prevent fraud. Examples include password management, security tokens, and digital identity management.

Data and Information Security: Companies that help protect electronic data from unauthorized external access or threats. Examples include data leakage prevention, file-based security, and enterprise data encryption.

Mobile Security: Companies that protect smartphones and tablets from threats associated with mobile computing....

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