All of the big technology research firms—Gartner, Forrester, 451 Research, IDC, Yankee Group—are making cyber-wide headlines for their “Top Trends for 2014” predictions. I’m a firm believer that key trends in this most explosive, disruptive sector will dictate many of the winners and losers in the stock market as well.
The following on-the-cusp companies provide solutions that can make or break the way the government spots criminals, how individuals keep identities private and companies keep data secure, or where and how we all store zettabytes of data. You most certainly have heard about a couple of them; others may require a few taps into a search engine.
They all, however, offer potentially huge rewards for investors in 2014 and beyond.
Here are six high-stakes tech stocks and the gale-force trends driving them: