Cisco and Intel: Growth in cybersecurity

These leading tech stocks are playing an increasing leading role in fighting cybercrime.

By TheStockAdvisors Apr 23, 2013 9:51AM

User name field on computer screen © William Andrew PhotographerBy John Persinos, editor Personal Finance


Cisco Sys­tems (CSCO) and Intel (INTC) are positioned to reap the spoils from this intensifying war against hacking. Each boasts a portfolio of cybersecurity products, strong balance sheets, diversified and reliable revenue streams, and strong earnings prospects.


The biggest beneficiary of the cybercrime wave is Cisco, the pioneer and undisputed leader in protecting both civilian and military organiza­tions from hostile digital attack.


Cisco commands 45% of the global market for corporate security, making it the biggest player in the field.


The company's routers and switches are pervasive in corporations, schools and government agencies worldwide, giving it a ready-made customer base for security products.


Intel is another "go to" technology company for commercial and military leaders who are intent on bolstering their IT defenses. In late 2012, Intel announced a technology sharing partnership with four other US-based companies to de­vise computer security solutions.


The consortium, dubbed the Cyber Securi­ty Research Alliance (CSRA), includes Honeywell (HON), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Ad­vanced Micro Devices (AMD) and EMC Corp (EMC).


Intel also owns computer and soft­ware security company McAfee, one of the biggest securi­ty technology companies in the world.


McAfee also offers smartphone security software, demand for which will explode as the smart­phone market grows exponentially over the next decade.


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