The Guide to Your Next Big Investment Lies in a Secret Mountain Bunker
There's a surprising secret located deep within the Swiss Alps.
You could find this secret for yourself if you travel far enough into the mountains.
That, however, is provided you can make it in through an explosion-proof door and past multiple security zones with bullet-proof lock gates -- all while avoiding advanced face-recognition technology and 24 hour security.
They call it "Swiss Fort Knox"... and it's aptly named.
The facility is actually a 1960's Cold War bunker redesigned with the latest technology and re-purposed with one goal in mind -- to counteract a rising global threat.
And based on these intense security measures -- which seem like something you'd see in a James Bond movie -- you'd probably think the facility was housing a new technology designed to perform powerful, militaristic feats.
But you won't find tanks or any new spacecrafts in this hidden facility.
This massive bunker isn't equipped to counteract violent terrorist attacks... or find weapons of mass destruction.
And though the Swiss claim the facility is capable of withstanding a nuclear attack, it isn't meant to provide shelter during a massive weather event or other natural disaster.
In fact, the primary threat in mind isn't even a deadly one... yet it's certainly done its damage -- affecting over half a billion people in the last year alone.
The "Swiss Fort Knox" has been redesigned to offer customers ultra-secure data protection and prevent damaging cybercrimes .
Whether it's an average person keying in their bank account information into their home computer or a multi-billion dollar company that needs to protect customers' debit and credit card numbers -- the need for data protection has never been higher.
And demand for cybersecurity is booming -- with analysts projecting the industry to increase 63% over the next five years to $155.74 billion.
The "Swiss Fort Knox" realizes how important this growing industry is... which is why it takes such precaution with the surveillance and protection of its clients' digital data.
You are probably familiar with some of the well documented cybercrimes in the media lately -- the Target breach, for example, cost financial institutions over $200 million to replace compromised credit and debit cards.
But what you don't see in the media are the tens of thousands of reports of smaller cyber-attacks. Cyber-hackers are growing more skilled by the day... and having a secure, reliable data protection system has never been more important.
In fact, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, listed "cyber-attacks" as the No. 1 threat facing America today.
The fact is demand for cybersecurity is exploding. And companies that can provide these services will make a fortune.
Think about this -- computer security firm McAfee estimated the global cost of cybercrimes to be a massive $445 billion each year.
To put that into perspective, if cyberterrorism were a country, it would have the 26 th largest economy in the world.
A 2013 survey of more than 13,000 adults found that 63% of Americans had been hit by a cyber-attack.
Even worse, 29% of respondents reported they access their bank accounts using public Wi-Fi... with 39% of them not taking any special steps to protect themselves.
That leads to easy pickings for even the most novice cyber-criminal.
So where can you look for the right play to take advantage of this trend?
My suggestion would be to go with an industry stalwart.
Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC ) is a $16 billion company founded in 1982... and it's one of the largest software companies in the world.
Large institutions hold about 93% of outstanding shares of Symantec, so managers of large funds and the like clearly see something in the company. And nearly all Fortune 1,000 companies -- 99% -- use the company's data-recovery software.
From a shareholder perspective, there's a lot to be excited about -- in the last two years alone, Symantec stock has grown over 41%.
Revenue for the company's first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, which ended July 4, totaled $1.74 billion--4% higher than analyst projections. And it puts the company on pace to outperform its yearly revenue expectation -- of $6.63 billion -- by 5%.
Symantec also pays a respectable 2.7% yield -- shelling out over $418 million to shareholders in dividends last year. But it's paying shareholders in other ways, too.
On top of its dividends, Symantec bought back $500 million worth of stock in 2013 and reduced its total debt by $1.189 billion.
What's more, the future looks to be even more promising for the industry giant, especially with some of the changes it's made to its security business.
Just look at what my colleague Andy Obermueller -- Chief Investment Strategist for our Game-Changing Stocks newsletter -- had to say about the company...
"[Symantec] is repositioning its approach from protection to detection and response. As with the rest of the technology space, the most likely avenue of growth for Symantec is in mobile, which was up 76% year-over-year, according to the company's latest investor presentation."
As cybercrimes continue to affect consumers, the need for Symantec's products has never been higher.
And with last year's Norton Cybercrime Report finding that only 72% of respondents own any antivirus solution -- the door is wide open for Symantec to continue adding new customers and growing revenue .
There's never been a better time to utilize data protection software... and there's never been a better time to add it to your portfolio either.
Risk to Consider: Earlier this month,China's Public Security Ministry reportedly ordered government agencies to stop buying Symantec's antivirus software after claiming it witnessed "security vulnerabilities", causing shares of the stock to fall on Aug. 1.
Action to Take --> After beating earnings estimates in its fiscal first quarter for 2014 -- thanks in part to an increased customer renewal rate and higher spending by companies on security software -- Symantec looks poised to continue making profits as the demand for cybersecurity reaches new heights.
P.S. If the potential for cyber-security firms -- like Symantec -- has you excited, wait until you see what my colleague Andy Obermueller has been working on. He's uncovered 11 shocking market developments for 2015 that could lead to massive gains for early investors -- including another tech company that could be developing a new technology that would change the entire banking industry as we know it. To discover more about Andy's 11 predictions -- and get the names and ticker symbols of some of his picks -- click here .
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