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Cybersecurity Funding Crisis: The 50% Drop from 2022 to a 5-Year


  • In the cybersecurity sector, venture funding experienced a significant drop in 2023, with only $8.2 billion raised by security companies. This marked a notable decline compared to the $23 billion influx seen just two years prior.

  • Crunchbase data reveals that in 2022, cybersecurity startups secured $16.3 billion through 941 deals. In contrast, 2023 saw a decrease both in the total amount and the number of deals, with $8.2 billion raised across 692 venture capital transactions.

  • The decline was particularly pronounced in the fourth quarter of 2023, where startups garnered only $1.6 billion. This represented the lowest quarterly funding since Q3 2018 when cybersecurity firms raised just $1.3 billion.

  • Despite the overall decrease, three cybersecurity startups managed to secure funding rounds above $100 million. BlueVoyant, a managed detection and response startup, led with a $140 million-plus Series E. Island, a Dallas-based cybersecurity startup, announced a $100 million Series C. Verkada, based in San Mateo, California, closed a substantial $100 million round.

  • These significant funding rounds were led by prominent investors, including Liberty Strategic Capital for BlueVoyant, Prysm Capital for Island, and Alkeon Capital for Verkada.

  • The observed decline in cybersecurity funding in 2023 is attributed to the aftermath of the exceptional surge in 2021, characterized by inflated valuations and unusually high funding rounds. Additionally, investor caution in response to prevailing market conditions played a role.

  • Ofer Schreiber, Senior Partner and Head of the Israel office for cyber venture firm YL Ventures, noted that the funding dynamics in 2023 reflected the consequences of the extraordinary surge in 2021, including inflated valuations and substantial funding rounds. Investor wariness was further influenced by the prevailing market conditions.

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