Symantec Corp.’s (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced acquisition of Fireglass, a malware elimination defense company founded in 2014, doubles down on the need for cybersecurity protection in the workplace. Recent data breaches and ransomware attacks, such as the ones affecting corporations like Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) and the National Security Agency, are revealing why corporations and government agencies need to urgently reassess how they approach cyber due diligence.

Cybersecurity has been a ripe sector for middle-market M&A. Recent deals include: FireEye Inc.’s (Nasdaq: FEYE) acquisition of competitor iSight Partners; cybersecurity provider Thycotic’s purchase of Arellia, an Insight Venture Partners-backed Windows protection software company; and SuperCom’s (Nasdaq: SPCB) deal to buy Safend Ltd., a provider of encryption and data theft protection software.

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