Cybersecurity Market Is Hot As IPO CrowdStrike Climbs 70% | ETF Trends

The U.S. IPO market has had its ups and downs recently. Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft clearly have disappointed investors since they went public. However, the incredible successes of plant-based protein company Beyond Meat (BYND), video conferencing firm Zoom (ZM) and online fashion retailer Revolve Group (RVLV), have kept investors laser-focused on what it is to come.

A recent IPO entry, Cybersecurity company CrowdStrike (CRWD), skyrocketed more than 70% in its debut Wednesday. And gig economy freelancer marketplace Fiverr rose about 45% from its offering price Thursday.
“People got spooked by Uber (UBER) and Lyft (LYFT), but they are anomalies. They are losing so much money and they have no path to profitability,” said Duncan Davidson, founding partner at Bullpen Capital, an early stage investing firm. “Investors are being more discerning and that’s a positive.”
On an interview with CNN Business, CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz explained why he believes the company is positioned to make a real impact on the cyber-security marketplace.

“Well I think you have to look at other industries and where there’s been seismic shifts in just technology changes. If you look at Siebel versus Sales Force, that move to the cloud was really a structural shift, and you’ve seen the results. I think we are seeing the same thing in security. In the past security has really been a point product solution, trying to identify malware instead of really focusing it at the platform level and trying to prevent breaches. It’s much different when you think about it that way. Preventing a breach is much more important than preventing malware. Malware is obviously important but it’s a subset of preventing a breach. And I think that’s what we’ve able to really do to capture our customers and their mind-share. We are providing an incredibly valuable technology and service where the landscape on the threat side is continuously evolving,” Kurtz explained.

Kurtz explained that CrowdStrike is sufficiently diversified  and qualified to benefit from both corporate and government opportunities in the marketplace.

“Well if you look across our customer base, we’ve customers in just about every geography and every vertical. I do think the government represents a great opportunity for us. We just got Fed Ramp Certified late last year. So we think that’s an emerging space as the government moves to the cloud and embraces the cloud,” the CrowdStrike CEO added.

Investors interested in using ETFs to allocate capital to the cybersecuirty space can look into the First Trust NASDAQ Cybersecurity ETF (CIBR) and the ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF (HACK)Both of these ETFs target companies with a cybercrime emphasis.

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