The question is no longer who have hackers hit. It is who has not been hit.
The organizations attacked by pranksters, criminal syndicates or foreign governments include Google,LinkedIn and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Big companies are expected to spend $32.8 billion on computer security this year, up 9 percent from last year. Small and medium-size businesses will spend more on security than on other information technology purchases in the next three years, according to the research firm International Data Corporation.
Yet here in Silicon Valley, with all the feverish talk of innovation and billion-dollar start-ups, few entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have been eager to take on the security juggernauts Symantec and McAfee — and in many cases cybercriminals — for a piece of that action.
That has started to change. In the last 12 months, the initial public offerings of once obscure security start-ups have outperformed offerings from household names likeFacebook and Zynga. Imperva , a data security company that went public last year, finished 2011 among the year’s top offerings. Its shares jumped nearly 30 percent on their first day of trading, and remain 37 percent above the offering price. Zynga’s stock, by comparison, has plunged 73 percent since its offering last December.Page 1 of 6 | Next Page