Global spending on cybersecurity is set to top $1 trillion between 2017 to 2021, according to the Cybersecurity Market Report, published by Cybersecurity Ventures.

Big ticket security deals were found to drive security to a sevenfold YOY increase in aggregate disclosed deal value to US$16.9b, according to EY's 3Q16 Technology M&A report issued on Nov. 17.

In addition, the EY report found that deals targeting smart mobility and advertising and marketing technologies quadrupled YOY in disclosed value, rising 305% and 333%, respectively. Internet of Things (IoT) value nearly tripled YOY on the strength of four such deals — including the quarter's top deal by dollar value, at US$32.4b.

Overall, the report also found that tech and non-tech companies being disrupted by innovative digital technologies turned to M&A in numbers to keep pace with the latest innovations. This made Q3 2016 another blockbuster quarter for global technology M&A value. 

With US$155.5b in disclosed value, 3Q16 is now the third-highest aggregate value quarter on record. This marks an increase of 22% from 2Q16 and 138% year-over-year (YOY). At $349.4 billion, year-to-date (YTD) aggregate value is 30% higher than YTD 2015's all-time record pace.

Company

Purchased

Reasoning

Price

Avast Software 

AVG Technologies

gain scale, technological depth and geographical breadth 

$1.3bn

Cisco

Worklife

to run meetings

n/a

ContainerX

 help enterprises manage, orchestrate and integrate containers across data centers

n/a

CloudLock

bolsters CASB

$293 m

Synata

search cloud-based applications

n/a

CSC

HPE Enterprise Services

create an IT services giant with $26B in annual revenue

n/a

Fortinet

AccelOps

Expand across physical, IoT, cloud and multi-vendor networks

$28M in cash plus $4M in incentives

FireEye

Invotas

 new tool will allow customers to purchase security technology and consolidate this into a customised incident response plan

n/a

IBM

Bluewolf

 drive the market around cloud consulting services

$200M

Resilient Systems

gains a consultancy arm to help clients prepare for and mitigate cyberattacks

$100M

Infoblox

IID

combine contextual network data with federated threat intelligence and a dedicated threat research team

$45 m

Leidos

Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions

create the world's largest pure-play U.S. government solution provider

$5B

Microsoft

LinkedIn

accelerate growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics

$28.1B

Netsurion

EventTracker

bolster managed security services to SMBs

n/a

NTT Data

Perot Systems

expand capabilities around health care and insurance, give it access to data centers in the U.S., U.K. and Australia

$3.05 billion

Oracl

Dyn

bolster cloud services

$600M+ (estimate)

Palerra

bolster cloud services

n/a (but Palerra raised $25M in funding last year)

LogFire

boost supply chain efficiency

n/a

NetSuite

boost cloud-computing offerings

$9.3B

OneLogin

Sphere Secure Workspace

secure mobile applications for enterprises

n/a

Presidio

Netech

expanded the company's expertise and reach in cloud, security and collaboration.

n/a

Qualcomm

NXP Semiconductors

expand reach into automotive chips

$39B

Symantec

Bluecoat

creates the industry's largest pure play cybersecurity company

$4.65B

Synopsys

Cigital
Codiscope

software security managed and professional services

n/a

Thoma Bravo

Imprivata

combine compliant security technology with ease of access in the healthcare industry

$544M

Vista Equity Partners

Ping Identity

accelerate growth and innovation 

n/a