Exclusive financial advisor to Digital Defense

KPMG Corporate Finance LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Digital Defense

KPMG Corporate Finance LLC (“KPMG CF”) acted as the exclusive investment banking advisor to Digital Defense on its sale to HelpSystems, a portfolio company of TA Associates and HGGC.

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Digital Defense is a leading provider of vulnerability management and threat assessment SaaS. Digital Defense's cloud-native vulnerability scanning engine gives organizations across a variety of industries the ability to proactively detect infrastructure security gaps and take effective remediation steps to safeguard against internal and external cyberthreats. As part of HelpSystems' cybersecurity portfolio, Digital Defense joins Core Security and Cobalt Strike to establish a comprehensive, best-in-class security assessment toolkit.

The addition of Digital Defense offers threat-weary IT teams the capabilities they need to increase infrastructure security on two fronts: via leading-edge vulnerability management technology as well as seasoned pen testing resources to broaden our existing expertise. We are so happy to welcome the team and the award-winning products they've developed to HelpSystems
— Kate Bolseth, CEO of Helpsystems

Digital Defense’s management team ultimately decided to partner with KPMG CF due to the team’s broader understanding of cybersecurity and global footprint.

KPMG CF worked closely with the Digital Defense’s management team throughout the process, including providing advisory expertise and managing the marketing, negotiation, and due diligence phases of the transaction.

Key factors contributing to our success included our:

  • Deep understanding of the cybersecurity landscape and business models
  • Ability to favorably position the company’s differentiated SaaS security offerings and unique go-to-market strategy
  • Maintaining a competitive dynamic during the COVID-19 pandemic

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