Three Stocks to Fight Cyber Threats

02/09/2015 6:00 am EST

Focus: STOCKS

Jim Powell

Principal Analyst, Global Changes & Opportunities

A new growth cycle for the security industry is starting that promises to deliver excellent profits to investors. Here's a look at three stocks that will benefit from an increased focus on cyber threats, explains Jim Powell, editor of Global Changes & Opportunities Report.

OSI Systems (OSIS)

OSI is a leading provider of advanced security screening equipment for ports and other points of entry into the US. In the face of increasing threats by ISIS and other terrorist groups, OSI should see its orders increase for several years.

The shockingly inadequate 3% inspection rate for incoming cargo containers is a vulnerability that must be closed…and quickly.

It is also essential for our nation's security to guard against sophisticated cyber attacks against our computer-controlled support systems, including transportation, electric distribution, financial services, the military, and several others.

CACI International (CACI)

Many companies operate in the new cyber warfare and counter-warfare industry. I think the most promising for long-term investors is CACI International.

CACI is in the catbird's seat for increasing cyber security orders because the company is already a major supplier of large computer systems for both government and private organizations.

The company provides security, emergency response, defense, financial services, intelligence, logistics, communications, and many other functions for its customers. The company also serves commercial markets both at home and internationally.

Symantec (SYMC)

Symantec is a supplier of Norton and other computer security products and services for businesses and individuals. It also provides mail and Web security, Internet payment security, data protection, and other critical products for the fast-growing online commerce industry.

Computer security companies are in a never-ending battle with cyber criminals. Hackers create viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other attacks and Symantec counters them.

Hackers then modify their products to fool the security software, and Symantec counters the countermeasures. I think the ongoing contest will provide the company with rising profits for many years.

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