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Top security investors include unexpected names — VCJ

Security investing continues to run at high throttle, affiliated publication VCJ reports. Overall venture dollars committed to security startups dipped slightly last year, but still broke the $1 billion mark, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

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Platfora nets $38 mln

Platfora said Wednesday that it has raised $38 million in funding. Tenaya Capital led the round with participation from Citi Ventures, Cisco, Allegis Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and In-Q-Tel. Based in San Mateo, Calif., Platfora is a provider of big data analytics solutions.

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What’s driving the surge in cyber security investing

A major increase in cyber security innovation – coupled with a growing number of lucrative exits — is fueling investor interest in the sector. The expansion is likely to continue as the mounting frequency, severity and costs of corporate breaches leave enterprises little choice but to boost security spending.

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Trident Sees 3.4x Return On Solera Exit

Blue Coat System’s acquisition of Solera Networks is the latest exit of a venture-backed security company, and a lucrative one, too. Allegis Capital, an early backer of Solera, expects a return of more than 10x on its first money. Trident Capital also is turning a tidy profit.

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Solera Acquisition Highlights Promise of Cybersecurity Investments

Blue Coat Systems’ purchase of Solera Networks is not only good news for Allegis Capital, but also a healthy reminder of the major opportunity in building technology-based defenses against successful cyber attacks, writes Bob Ackerman, Allegis Capital founder and peHub guest columnist.

Allegis To Raise Special Opportunities Fund

Allegis Capital has begun raising a special opportunities fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm did not offer a target size for Allegis Special Opportunities Fund or list which partners will be associated with it. The fund has not yet had a closing, the document states.

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