Cybersecurity News

From manufacturing to banking and software development to ride hailing — none of it can happen without the proper security in place to protect it from hackers, bad actors and other threats, both internal and external.

Welcome to Crunchbase News’ page dedicated to all things cybersecurity — bringing together cyber news concerning startups, venture capital, funding, new technologies and trends old and new. 

Latest Articles

Sep 22, 2023 · 3 min read

Cisco’s Splunk Deal Highlights Growing Interest In The Intersection Of Cybersecurity And AI

Cisco Systems has agreed to buy Splunk in a deal valued at about $28 billion that furthers the hardware giant’s push into software.
Sep 19, 2023 · 2 min read

Cyber Startup Cato Networks Hits $3B-Plus Valuation After $238M Raise

Sep 14, 2023 · 4 min read

Israel’s Startup Funding Drops As Its Famed Cyber Sector Takes A Hit

Sep 06, 2023 · 7 min read

The 10 Biggest Rounds Of August: Huge Deals Abound As Redwood Materials And Peregrine Energy Lead Way

Aug 30, 2023 · 5 min read

Venture To Defense Tech Startups Still Lags, But Experts Say Interest Is Growing

Aug 25, 2023 · 6 min read

The Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: Axiom Space Rockets To Top Spot In Out-Of-This-World Week

Aug 24, 2023 · 4 min read

Saudi Arabia Investment Is Increasing In US-Based Startups

Aug 21, 2023 · 4 min read

Security Alert: Cybersecurity Startup M&A On Pace For Weakest Year Since 2017

Aug 09, 2023 · 3 min read

OpenAI Shoots To No. 1 Spot On Private Cloud Startup Ranking, Underscoring AI’s Sudden Ascendency

Aug 04, 2023 · 4 min read

The Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: John Chambers’ Nile, Newlight Technologies Light The Way

Aug 01, 2023 · 2 min read

John Chambers’ Networking Startup Nile Nails Down $175M

Aug 01, 2023 · 5 min read

The 10 Biggest Rounds Of July: Lvrch, Kim Kardashian And Biotech

Jul 11, 2023 · 4 min read

Cyber Leak? Cybersecurity Funding Falls 63% In Q2

Jul 05, 2023 · 6 min read

The 10 Biggest Rounds Of June: Inflection AI’s Huge Raise, CleanCapital Cleans Up

Jun 27, 2023 · 2 min read

Cyera Nabs $100M To Protect Data

Jun 09, 2023 · 4 min read

The Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: CleanCapital and Upstream Bio Lead Huge Week

May 08, 2023 · 2 min read

Mayfield Raises Nearly $1B Across Two Funds

May 05, 2023 · 5 min read

The Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: Mavenir And Runway Lead In Down Week

May 03, 2023 · 4 min read

Cybersecurity Still Finding Its Place In New AI Era

Apr 25, 2023 · 3 min read

M&A Exits For VC-Backed Cyber Startups Continues To Sputter

Apr 21, 2023 · 5 min read

The Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: EquipmentShare And CoreWeave Land $200M-Plus Rounds

Apr 13, 2023 · 4 min read

Cybersecurity Funding Drops 58% From Q1 2022

Apr 07, 2023 · 5 min read

The Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: HeartFlow And Cybereason Lead Another Down Week

Apr 05, 2023 · 2 min read

Cyber Unicorn Cybereason Changes CEOs Along With $100M Raise

Mar 31, 2023 · 4 min read

The Week’s 10 Biggest Funding Rounds: Coursedog And Graphiant Lead In Down Week

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity refers to the practice of protecting computers, networks and data from unauthorized access, damage or theft. It involves keeping private and sensitive information — everything from passwords to consumers’ personal information, to private company financial details and intellectual property — safe from hackers, bots, viruses and other threats. 

Overall, cybersecurity practices aim to create a secure digital environment by proactively identifying and addressing vulnerabilities, monitoring for potential threats, and responding swiftly to mitigate risks. 

What are some specific cybersecurity tools and strategies?

Cybersecurity approaches constantly evolve to respond to new types of threats, but broadly include:

  • Network security: Implementing firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and other mechanisms to protect networks from unauthorized access and malicious activities.
  • Application security: Ensuring that software applications are designed, developed and maintained with security in mind to prevent vulnerabilities that could be exploited.
  • Data protection: Encrypting sensitive data, establishing access controls, and implementing secure backup and recovery procedures to safeguard information.
  • Identity and access management: Employing authentication and authorization mechanisms to verify users’ identities and control their access to systems and data.
  • Incident response: Developing plans and processes to detect, respond to and recover from security incidents effectively to minimize potential damages.
  • Security awareness and training: Educating users about best practices, potential risks, and how to recognize and respond to security threats.
  • Vulnerability management: Regularly scanning systems for vulnerabilities, applying security patches, and keeping software and hardware up to date.
  • Security auditing and compliance: Conducting regular audits and assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of security controls and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards.


What are the biggest cybersecurity companies?

The largest companies that offer cybersecurity services include, among others:

  • Palo Alto Networks — specializes in network security and offers firewall and intrusion prevention systems.
  • Fortinet — known for network security appliances and provides firewall, VPN, antivirus, intrusion prevention and endpoint security services.
  • CrowdStrike — a company known for its endpoint protection platform, which includes antivirus, threat intelligence and incident response technology.
  • CloudFlare — with technology that aims to help websites load faster and stay safe from online threats through services such as DDoS protection, web application firewalls and SSL/TLS encryption.
  • Cisco Systems — offers network security, cloud security and endpoint protection technologies.
  • Zscaler — provides cloud-based security services including secure web gateways, firewall as a service and data loss prevention.
  • McAfee — offers a suite of cybersecurity services including antivirus software, network security, data protection and threat intelligence.
  • Okta — operates an identity and access management platform that helps organizations manage and control user authentication, authorization and access to applications. 
  • Check Point Software Technologies — offers cybersecurity products including firewalls, network security appliances, endpoint security and threat intelligence services. 
  • Trend Micro — specializes in endpoint security, cloud security and network defense services.

What are examples of cybersecurity unicorn startups?

Cybersecurity companies on The Crunchbase Unicorn Board as of mid-2023 include:

  • Wiz — offers an automated cloud security platform to help businesses identify and remediate security vulnerabilities and misconfigurations within their cloud infrastructure.
  • Tanium — provider of endpoint security and management services for organizations.
  • Lacework — specializes in automated threat detection, compliance monitoring and anomaly detection for cloud computing environments.
  • Fireblocks — offers a digital asset custody and transfer platform designed to help organizations safeguard and manage digital assets including cryptocurrencies.
  • Netskope — makes tools to monitor and safeguard against threats to cloud services, applications and data.
  • Snyke — a platform that helps software developers identify and fix vulnerabilities in open-source code and containers.
  • 1Password — provides a password manager and digital vault for consumers and businesses to securely store, generate and manage their passwords and other sensitive information.
  • OneTrust — a privacy management platform for organizations to manage and demonstrate compliance with data privacy regulations, conduct assessments and implement data governance practices.
  • Coalition — provides risk management, insurance and incident response services for businesses to protect against cyber threats and recover from cyber incidents.
  • SonarSource — provides tools for code analysis and inspection to help software developers spot and fix vulnerabilities in computing code.

What are the biggest cybersecurity trends?

The biggest cybersecurity trends in 2022 and 2023 include technologies focused on identity and authentication, data and privacy, governance, network security, and innovations around securing financial services and cryptocurrencies. 

Expect more emphasis to be placed on security’s role in protecting data and proprietary information used in AI modeling.

How much venture funding has gone to cybersecurity?

Venture capital in cybersecurity hit a record high in 2021 — like it did in many industries — but last year saw it come back down to Earth. Funding to cybersecurity startups dropped by a third in 2022, according to Crunchbase data

While 2021 saw a record $22.8 billion roll into startups in the cybersecurity sector, that number fell to $15.3 billion last year. Still, the 2022 venture total represents a 68% increase from 2020 — which until 2021 was the high-water mark for venture funding in the industry.

What is the state of the cybersecurity jobs market?

The cybersecurity jobs market is robust. As cyber threats have proliferated, so have jobs in the cybersecurity industry.

In the private sector, that includes roles at cybersecurity startups and public companies; governments around the world have also staffed up their cyber defense units to combat cyber crime and national security threats. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the job market for information security analysts will grow 35% between 2021 and 2031, with about 19,500 new job openings in the sector added each year — a much faster growth rate than the overall job market. Information security analysts in the U.S. earn on average $102,600 per year, according to the BLS.

Where can I read cybersecurity industry news?

All of Crunchbase News’ cybersecurity articles are added to this page as we report them.