Do You Have These Tops Cybersecurity Stocks On Your Watchlist?
Among the top tech stocks of 2020, cybersecurity stocks continue to maintain their momentum well into the current year. Because of this, it would not surprise me to see them become the most active stocks in the stock market today. Understandable, as organizations, businesses, and governments all made the jump to the digital space, demand for cybersecurity services would rise. With the world being more exposed to cyber threats than ever, this would be the case. Just this year, there has been a slew of major cyberattacks across the board in the U.S. From tech companies to infrastructure management firms, the list continues to grow.
As a result, the U.S. government unveiled the bipartisan Cyber Incident Notification Act earlier today. This bill would make companies responsible to report hacks and attacks on their systems to the government. In passing this bill, the government would incentivize private companies to bolster their cybersecurity measures. Accordingly, I can understand if investors are keen to invest in the industry now.
Meanwhile, cybersecurity firms are also actively tracking new emerging trends in the world of cybercrimes now. Recently, Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) found that Internet-of-Things (IoT)-specific malware attacks rose by 700% compared to pre-pandemic levels. Elsewhere, tech giant Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is bolstering its cybersecurity portfolio via the acquisition of two digital security firms just this month. With all this action in the industry, could these top cybersecurity stocks in the stock market be worth your time?
Best Cybersecurity Stocks To Watch Ahead Of August 2021
- CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWD)
- Okta Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA)
- McAfee Corporation (NASDAQ: MCFE)
- CACI International Inc. (NYSE: CACI)
- Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE: PLTR)
CrowdStrike Holdings Inc.
Starting off, we have CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity company that has reinvented security for the cloud era. Namely, its CrowdStrike Falcon platform is used to detect threats and stop breaches. Through its Falcon platform, the company has created the first multi-tenant, cloud-native, intelligent security solution that is capable of protecting workloads. This would cover on-premise, virtualized, and cloud-based environments running on a variety of endpoints such as laptops, desktops, and IoT devices. CRWD stock currently trades at $268.96 a share as of Friday’s close.
Last month, the company reported its first-quarter financials for the fiscal year 2022. In it, the company reported that its annual recurring revenue (ARR) was $1.19 billion. Furthermore, this was driven by a net new ARR of $144 million. CrowdStrike also added 1,524 net new subscription customers during the quarter. It also delivered a record operating and free cash flow for the second consecutive quarter, at $147.5 million and $117.3 million respectively. Given the impressive financials, will you add CRWD stock to your portfolio?
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Okta is a leading independent identity provider. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect their employees to the right technologies. It boasts more than 7,000 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta customers can easily and securely use the best technologies for their business. The company’s software is used by over 10,000 organizations. OKTA stock closed Friday’s trading session at $257.91 a share.
In May, the company reported strong first-quarter financials. Firstly, it posted total revenue of $251 million, an increase of 37% year-over-year. Subscription revenue made a huge chunk of this revenue at $240 million. Secondly, the company reported that its remaining performance obligations grew by 52% year-over-year to $1.89 billion. Okta also ended the quarter with $2.69 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments. All things considered, will you watch OKTA stock?
McAfee is a global computer security software company that is headquartered in California. Its consumer solutions are able to adapt to the needs of millions of users all over the world. Furthermore, the company’s software is used to protect over 600 million devices and queries over 60 billion daily real-time threats. MCFE stock currently trades at $26.80 as of Friday’s closing bell and has been up by over 40% in the past year.
On July 13, 2021, the company announced a new partnership with Visa (NYSE: V) to offer holistic security solutions for Visa Business cardholders. Namely, this is because small businesses are now finding themselves a key target of hackers, with almost a third of data breaches in 2020 involving small businesses. The rise in threats underscores the need for small businesses to ensure their digital assets are protected and McAfee will capitalize on this demand. For this reason, is MCFE stock a top cybersecurity stock to watch right now?
CACI International Inc.
Another name to know in the cybersecurity world now would be CACI International Inc. In short, it is a computer and information tech company. With its massive portfolio of software services, CACI caters to the needs of several divisions under the U.S. federal government. This includes but is not limited to the defense, homeland security, intelligence, and health care branches to name a few. Now, CACI stock is currently trading at $268.63 a share as of the end of Friday’s closing bell. This activity could be thanks to its latest announcement.
Earlier this week, CACI was awarded a $1.4 billion contract by the U.S. military’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Through the current Decisive Action Task order, CACI will continue to provide the DTRA with ”mission expertise” in the battle against weapons of mass destruction and threat networks. CACI CEO John Mengucci highlights that CACI’s 14+ years of experience working with the DTRA is a testament to the quality of the company’s services. Simply put, CACI is expanding on its previous work with the U.S. military which could be putting it on investors’ radars. With that in mind, would you say CACI stock has more room to grow?
Palantir Technologies Inc.
Following that, we will be taking a look at Palantir Technologies Inc. For the uninitiated, the company specializes in big data analytics and also provides cybersecurity services. Through its comprehensive software portfolio, the company caters to a wide array of end markets. The likes of which include the military, health care, and defense industries among other government bodies. With organizations shifting their assets to the digital medium, Palantir’s services would be vital amidst these times. As it stands, the company’s shares currently trade at $21.81 apiece as of Friday’s close.
Well, for one thing, Palantir seems to be keeping busy on the operational front. As of this week, the company’s data-management service, Foundry, is now available to early-stage companies. Through its “Foundry for Builders” service, Palantir is looking to serve the needs of smaller companies. Palantir COO Shyam Sanker commented, “We’re excited to expand the use of Palantir Foundry to hypergrowth startups. These organizations have ambitious goals and are building their digital infrastructure around Palantir Foundry from Day 0.” With the company expanding its addressable markets now, will you be keeping an eye on PLTR stock?
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