As identity theft continues to grow, so does the business surrounding it. Companies like life lock are becoming a sort of cyber defense contractor one might say.
These cybersecurity companies are going to become the Blackwater's or Academi's of the future. With the recent 2016 U.S. election producing claims of Russian involvement in altering voting machines and even back to North Korea's alleged hacking of Sony pictures, there is an enormous potential for profit in the latest cyber defense.
The U.S. military has even opened up a branch within the Army Corps. Apparently, the U.S. Army has been waging global cyber warfare against hackers for many years now according to Paul Szoldra from business insider.
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Companies like Root 9B from Colorado Springs, Colorado to DF Labs from Lombardy, Italy are in the business of protecting the individual in cyberspace just as Academi does for individuals in the physical dimension. This will likely drive a heavy emphasis on cyberwar between nations in the future. Where there is money in the conflict there will be a conflict for the money.
We may be in the beginning stages of a global cyberwar with countries like Russia, North Korea, and even China. This will make for an ideal environment for these cyber contractors worldwide to exploit their talents in cyberspace and gain government contracts, locking in profits and increased market share.
While the U.S. military seeks out the best cyber (white-hat) hackers in order to protect the U.S. cyberspace, the cybersecurity companies are doing the same and locking in the talent to also be one step ahead of rogue hackers from all corners of the world.
Another interesting aspect that may arise are conflicts between these cyberspace contractors which may go toe to toe with one another over their opposing clients. Cybersecurity companies have the ability to go onto the offensive and be the ones doing the hacking to other companies, countries, or individuals.