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Petya’s Role in the Recent Cybersecurity Stock Surge

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Jul. 3 2017, Published 12:34 p.m. ET

Stimulus to cybersecurity stocks

Several prominent cybersecurity stocks rose on Wednesday, June 28, following the Petya ransomware attack. FireEye stock (FEYE) rose 1.6% to $15.66, while Barracuda Networks (CUDA) rose 1.5% to $22.94, and Check Point Technologies (CHKP) rose ~1% to $112.11.

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Cybersecurity spending is set to increase in Europe

Surges in cybersecurity attacks often lead to higher spending on cybersecurity among corporations and governments. Cisco Systems (CSCO), a cybersecurity giant, is the largest security vendor by revenue. In 2016, overall security appliance revenues rose 8.9% to $11.5 billion.

At the same time, the security appliance market has experienced growth across regions, with Asia-Pacific showing particular growth.

Spending in the UK and Europe

According to Brian Lord, managing director of cyber and technology at PGi, a cybersecurity firm, as outdated IT (information technology) systems get updated, spending on cybersecurity protection will likely rise 10.0% in the UK and Europe by 2020.

Investors who don’t want to invest directly in a cybersecurity stock can gain exposure to the space by investing in the PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (HACK). HACK invests in 40 cybersecurity companies, including FireEye, Proofpoint (PFPT), Barracuda Networks, Fortinet (FTNT), Symantec (SYMC), Cisco Systems (CSCO), and Palo Alto Networks (PANW).

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