Cipherloc Agrees to Acquire SideChannel Inc. Expanding Cybersecurity Service & Product Offering
Acquisition Expected to Provide Access to Complementary Growth Markets
AUSTIN, TX – May 18, 2022 – Cipherloc Corporation (OTCQB:CLOK) (“Cipherloc”), a developer of advanced encryption technology, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SideChannel Inc. (“SideChannel”), a cybersecurity services company providing virtual Chief Information Security Officer (“vCISO”) services augmented by additional privacy management tools and capabilities. The combined entity would pair highly-skilled cybersecurity talent with software tools. Both companies share a vision to offer a comprehensive solution to resource constrained organizations in need of a multi-layered cybersecurity defense.
“We anticipate that this acquisition will empower us to fulfill our mutual ambitions to improve and simplify cybersecurity for emerging and middle market companies,” said SideChannel CEO Brian Haugli. “We believe every company – regardless of size – deserves an excellent cybersecurity program. SideChannel’s vCISO platform offers best-in-class solutions for companies traditionally underserved by the big players. Middle market companies deserve to reduce risk, as much as anyone else, so that they can win more business and protect their customers. We believe this business combination will further enable these customers to receive the highest level of vCISO services coupled with software solutions tailored to their unique needs and budgets.”
Tom Wilkinson, Cipherloc Chairman said, “Cipherloc is building a subscription-based software portfolio starting with Cipherloc Enclave. We expect that SideChannel’s growing client base and expanding team of security and privacy professionals will make us a smarter software shop by feeding our development team with innovative, relevant ideas and reducing our cycle times.” Wilkinson added, “The combination of these two companies creates a game-changing growth platform in a fast-growing industry expected to reach $500 billion by 2030 according to Grand View Research. Tech-enabled services and solutions, like our offering, are projected to dominate a significant portion of that spend.”
An accomplished former CISO himself, Haugli founded SideChannel in 2017 and steadily expanded its service offering and customer base. To date, the company has attracted more than 20 vCISOs and serves more than 50 clients; including GoFundMe, CrispR Therapeutics, Cotopaxi, Virgin Voyages and Talos. Customers span the fintech, biotech, healthcare, manufacturing, defense and technology services industries. SideChannel reported revenue of $2.6 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, a 114% increase from $1.2 million in revenue the prior fiscal year.
A compensation benchmark study of 458 Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) by IANS Research & Artico Search found the average total compensation package for a full-time CISO is $463,000. Demand for CISOs is expected to increase given the SEC’s new rule requiring cybersecurity expertise on the boards of publicly-traded companies. Market forces and costs put these essential personnel out of reach for most growing companies. President Biden’s recent memo calling on private businesses to harden their defenses to protect national security and the continued demand for infrastructure to support remote work and health appointments including bring-your-own device policies, network segmentation, and cloud security requirements also add to the need for companies to employ security executives.
SideChannel’s vCISO model provides companies access to C-suite level cybersecurity professionals at potentially lower cost than building an in-house cybersecurity team. SideChannel specializes in building appropriately sized solutions for a company’s unique needs and level of maturity. Management of the combined company plans to capture market share by focusing on the section of the market underserved by larger solutions providers – startups and mid-market companies.
Cipherloc’s agreement to acquire SideChannel is subject to standard closing conditions including approval by FINRA. Cipherloc can provide no assurances that these closing conditions will be satisfied or that this acquisition will occur. If the closing conditions are met, then the current shareholders of SideChannel will receive 59,900,000 shares of Cipherloc common stock and 100 shares of Cipherloc convertible preferred stock that includes a board designation right. Each preferred stock share would convert into one share of common stock. The SideChannel shareholders would receive an additional 59,900,000 shares of Cipherloc common stock if SideChannel achieves a $5.5 million revenue milestone.
Cipherloc has published a presentation on its website to provide more details on the business combination resulting from this transaction. Cipherloc will host an investor conference call on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 5 PM EDT to discuss the transaction and answer questions received in advance. A live and archived webcast of the call plus the concurrent presentation slides will be available on the Cipherloc website at www.cipherloc.net. Those wishing to join by audio only can dial +1-973-528-0011 and using access code 764904. The slides will be posted on the Investors section of Cipherloc’s website for separate download. To submit a proposed question for the conference call, please email Cipherloc investor relations at email@example.com.
SideChannel is committed to helping mid-market companies create top-tier cybersecurity programs, to protect all they have built. SideChannel deploys the field’s most skilled and experienced talent to harden their defenses against cybercrime, in its many forms. The collective of 20+ C-suite level information security officers possess a combined 439 years of experience between them. To date, SideChannel has created more than 50 multi-layered cybersecurity programs for its clients. Learn more at sidechannel.com.
About Cipherloc Corporation (OTCQB: CLOK)
Cipherloc Corporation provides advanced technology and expertise to secure your data and safeguard your privacy with the speed you need today and the agility you’ll need tomorrow. Cipherloc Enclave, the Company’s micro segmentation product, is the simple, effective and secure way to protect data and reduce risk while enhancing team productivity. Built with the user in mind, Cipherloc Enclave makes encryption accessible and available. Learn more at www.cipherloc.net.
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