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Private Equity Firm Acquires Top 200 MSSP, Sophos Partner Dataprise

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Private equity firm Trinity Hunt Partners has acquired Dataprise, a Top 200 MSSP (managed security services provider) and well-known Sophos partner. ChannelE2E has complete details about the M&A deal here.

M&A activity involving MSSPs remains strong — as this growing list of MSSP mergers and acquisitions shows.

At least five factors are driving the M&A activity, MSSP Alert believes.

  1. Talent: The cyber skills shortage is driving MSSPs to find talent through M&A.
  2. Threats: The growing, shifting threat landscape is inspiring M&A deals to close technology and expertise gaps.
  3. Speed to Market: Acquiring companies can often be a faster path into a new or evolving technology market or business region.
  4. Scale: Smaller MSSPs are merging to counter the scale of larger rivals.
  5. Growth: The traditional MSP market will experience sub-10 percent compound annual growth rates (CAGR) in the years ahead. The MSSP market, in stark contrast, is growing at an 18 percent CAGR.

Clearly, some private equity firms also want a piece of the MSSP growth opportunity.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.