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BY : Diego GutiérrezOctober Mon, 2013

venture capital, venture capitalAccording to CBinsights, among the IPOs in 2013, the security networking company stands out. FireEye which has doubled since its debut on the Nasdaq. But the case has not been the only successful sale recently, in the last year 78 companies have sold within the sector. In Spain there are also relevant cases such as alient vault.

$1.4Bn of investment in the last year

Topping the list of the most active investors are heavyweights like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Andreessen Horowitz with 13 deals each. KPCB's latest cybersecurity financing rounds include AlienVault and  Ionic Security. KPCB also participated in a funding round in 2011 for Mandiantthe Virginia-based information security firm that exposed China's military unit in hacking with US corporations and government agencies. Andreessen Horowitz, meanwhile, has recently been involved in a number of early stage cyber security deals, including a Series A round in BlueBox, Pindrop Security y CipherCloud.

Spain presents several relevant cases

The most recent and most relevant case has been alient vaulta Spanish company dedicated to the provision of unified security and threat information management solutions through mass collaboration, which has just completed a new round of funding worth $26.5M led by GGV Capital and which has also involved current investors such as Trident Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & ByersSigma West y Adara Venture Partners, as well as new investors have been brought in Top Tier Capital Correlation Ventures.

"Spain has presented success stories over the last few years since the Bilbao-based company Panda Software received a $14M round of funding in a round led by Investindustrial. Another leading company with international projection is S21sec which is dedicated to the protection of digital assets in order to successfully and timely respond to online fraud and cybersecurity threats. Telvent is the lead industrial partner with the acquisition of Telvent's stake in the company. SODENA (20%) in the company. These companies have made significant internationalisation efforts and have offices abroad," comments Diego Gutierrez, corporate finance expert at ABRA INVEST.

Intel leads the ranking of companies sold

Intel is one of the top 3 most active investors in cyber security. Following the purchase of anti-virus company McFee in 2011, its investment arm has been very active with several sales in the cyber security sector in 2012. Among the latest cyber security exits from Intel Capital intelcapitalincludes the security company Credant Technologies (acquired by Dell), as well as Solera Networks acquired by Blue coat system). Jafco Ventures, which has also experienced recent exits, including 41st Parametera device recognition startup, acquired by Experian, and the intellectual property offices of FireEye y Palo Alto Networks.

 

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