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Newton: The hidden world of cybersecurity

As cybersecurity threats continue to rise, ESG-focused investors should take note. 

  • Worldwide IT security spending continues to grow as businesses seek to avoid the reputational and other risks associated with increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.
  • The cybersecurity industry is fragmented and fast-changing, and represents a challenging area for public equity investors to gain direct exposure.
  • Thorough analysis of a security’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) profile is critical in order to highlight potential cybersecurity risks as well as the mitigation steps a company may have taken.

Within the vast panorama of social factors that are considered as part of environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis sits cybersecurity: headline-grabbing and potentially ruinous for the reputation of companies that have chosen to ignore it.

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