Prize Catches in Security Software

While phishing threatens unsuspecting Web surfers and their bank accounts, stocks such as McAfee and their investors only stand to benefit

Security threats faced by organizations and individuals are evolving. Past threats typically came from young computer nerds creating viruses in an attempt to gain notoriety among peers. "We think the largest emerging threat is very different," says Gary McDaniel, who follows software stocks for Standard & Poor's Equity Research. "Today's threats are not based on notoriety, but on profit."

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