LifeLock Inc. (NYSE: LOCK), the provider of identity-theft protection services, is in talks with several parties about being taken private, people familiar with the matter said.

Cybersecurity companies have been attractive targets for middle-market deals lately, as high-profile hacks and data leaks have shifted the attention of CEOs and other executives on the issue of data security. Cybersecurity has been a driving force behind the high number of deals in technology M&A. Related deals from 2016 include: TPG’s $4.2 billion dollar deal for a majority stake in Intel Corp’s computer security unit; Thoma Bravo LLC’s buying Bomgar and healthcare IT security company Imprivata (NYSE: IMPR); Accenture’s purchasing Redcore; Vista’s agreement to buy compliance software provider Regulatory DataCorp Inc.; ASRC Federal acquiring Vistronix Intelligence & Technology Solutions from Enlightenment Capital; Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) selling Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. to KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR); FireEye Inc. (Nasdaq: FEYE) purchase of iSight Partners; and Avast Software's $1.3 billion deal to expand its security software services with AVG Technologies NV (NYSE: AVG).

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