10 Cybersecurity VCs You Should Know About

The year 2021 will bring more attention to cybersecurity than ever before. With the continued surge to work-from-home, companies all over the world are becoming more dependent on cloud-based and collaborative services such as Slack, Zoom, Notion, and more. Where there is business, there is capital. Below, we list out security-focused VC firms to keep an eye out for.


ForgePoint Capital is founded by pioneers of cybersecurity. Led by Alberto Yepez, Donald Dixon, and Sean Cunningham, ForgePoint has been early-stage investing since 1998 and made over 50 investments in the space. They offer some thoughts and insight into their take on cybersecurity throughout their blog.

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Dreamit Ventures looks to help startups with their Securetech program. Throughout this, their focus is on scaling, customers, and capital, not on building your product. Mel Shakir stands as the Managing Director of Dreamit’s Securetech sector.

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Option3Ventures finds and develops attractive investment opportunities at the frontiers of cybersecurity and immediately adjacent technologies. They have a robust venture capital team, led by Manish Thakur.

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TenEleven Ventures is solely focused on helping cybersecurity companies survive and thrive. They look to provide counsel, capital, and connections to security entrepreneurs. The Boston-based firm is led by Alex Doll and Max Hatfield.

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AllegisCyber Capital does one thing: cybersecurity. Cybersecurity takes industry knowledge and AllegisCyber has many years of investing experience, led by Bob Ackerman.

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Paladin Capital Group is comprised of active investors who leverage their deep industry experience and networks to maximize returns. They are a DC-based team led by Michael Steed, Mark Maloney, and more.

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SixThirty focuses on Fintech, Insurtech, and Cybertech. They are a fast-moving company that evaluates over 500 companies per year. SixThirty invests in companies that have a working product, market traction, and in most instances, recurring revenue.

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NightDragon brings 25+ years of industry operating experience and market expertise to our portfolio companies. They work hand in hand with management to help scale their business and execute their strategic vision to drive successful outcomes.

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Security Leadership Capital seeks to partner with a wide range of what would be considered “standalone” cybersecurity companies as well as other sectors that require a strong cybersecurity foundation to differentiate their offering, e.g. fintech, healthcare IT, blockchain, and cloud/datacenter infrastructure.

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Lytical Ventures is a New York City-based venture firm investing in Corporate Intelligence, comprising cybersecurity, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. Lytical’s professionals have decades of experience in direct investing generally and in Corporate Intelligence specifically.

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