With these 10 best cybersecurity stocks to buy now, the world of “cybersec” could mean to you a lot more than just your data and privacy or cascading green letters on a black background. It could also mean a sizeable profit. If you’re eager to jump straight into trading, check out our shortened list of the 5 best cybersecurity stocks to buy now.
As our world grows more self-isolated, the digital becomes an ever-present part of our lives. Clicking away carelessly, you not only expose your sensitive data to potential malicious actors, but you could be putting your finances, family or even workplace at risk.
This is where the booming world of cyber security steps up. Be it at home, in the office or even walking around your local park, as long as you’re online, you are already interacting with a firewall, some monitoring software, data leakage protection solutions, etc. All these means of protection come at a price that gets steeper the more competitive the market becomes. So much so, that the cyber security market size was estimated in value at $149.67 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $304.91 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 9.4% from 2020 to 2027.
With blockchain, IoT and the digitalisation of every service imaginable, the need for sophisticated, multi-layered security solutions will keep growing at an increasing rate. What is even better is that according to Gartner – a leading technology market researcher – the cybersecurity market remains at a steady growth even in these COVID-stricken days. Before curfews, lockdowns and mask wearing became a part of our daily lives, the market was expected to grow 7.8% by the end of 2020. As expected, once the wave of socio-economic measures caused other markets to crash and burn, this one powered through with a moderate slowdown in growth but still achieved an increase of 2.4%. This makes it a viable option for investment as it is expected to not only recover, but get a boost as the world slowly gets back up to speed.
Cyber security can influence the stock market too. In the past few years we’ve seen huge breaches in companies like Sony, Target, Microsoft and many more. They promptly caused their stocks to sink and were usually followed by a proportional lawsuit. Just recently, FireEye (FEYE) – one of the security industry giants who ironically was involved in investigating the aforementioned breaches, fell victim to a breach in its own security. The disclosure of the attack caused their shares to drop 7% instantly in after hours trading.
So, what are the best cybersecurity stocks to buy now? We started with Global X Cybersecurity ETF’s (BUG) holdings to identify the leading cybersecurity stocks. The Global X’s ETF didn’t include Cloudflare (NET), so we also added Cloudflare as a potential candidate. Overall, there were 29 stocks in our initial list. Then we ranked all of these 29 stocks using Insider Monkey’s hedge fund sentiment data and identified the top 10 cybersecurity stocks among hedge funds.
Our research has shown that hedge fund sentiment data is a very useful way of identifying stocks with huge upside potential. We have been recommending a portfolio of 12-20 stocks (using hedge fund sentiment data in our selection process) in our premium monthly newsletter since March 2017. Our diversified portfolio of stock picks returned 145% since March 2017, vs. 67% gain for the S&P 500 ETFs. You can download a free sample issue here. Since hedge fund sentiment data was helpful in identifying market beating stocks, we decided to use this data to identify the best cybersecurity stocks to buy now.
With a focus on vendors and R&D, powered by the ever increasing use of mobile devices and with some of the biggest players in the tech world coming onboard, here are the 10 best cybersecurity stocks to buy now as rated by InsiderMonkey.
10. Sailpoint (NASDAQ: SAIL)
No. of hedge funds: 29
Total value of hedge fund holdings: $766 million
Sailpoint is an identity and access governance solutions provider for the enterprise world. It provides pre-packaged software solutions to industries where high-risk sensitive data is frequently handled (government, healthcare, education). This allows them to tackle the challenge of making sure your data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
The company has been on the market since 2017 when it held its IPO, valued over $1 billion. To add to that, it currently holds the Gartner Peer Insights 2020 Customers’ Choice title for identity governance and administration (IGA). Gil Simon’s SoMa Equity Partners owns the largest position in SAIL among the 800 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.
9. Varonis Systems Inc (NASDAQ: VRNS)
No. of hedge funds: 29
Total value of hedge fund holdings: $528 million
Varonis ranks 9th in our list of the 10 best cybersecurity stocks to buy now. Varonis is a company that provides managed threat detection and response solutions based on custom-tailoring monitoring processes to your business. This means their solutions will study and identify the relations between a company’s employees, internal and external processes and communication and detect any abnormal behavior.
This year has marked a moderate growth for Varonis, being on an all time high number of hedge fund portfolios with bullish positions at the end of Q2. To add to that, it has nearly doubled its market cap and enterprise value since the end of March this year.