Your intellectual property (IP) is your company’s holy grail.
It’s what you put out into the world to get a return in revenue. And because there are people in the world who are willing to break laws to get information, your IP is at risk of being stolen and used against you.
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, the following are types of IP that are protected by law:
Other common types of IP that are at risk include:
The FBI recently released a study that states the majority of IP theft comes from inside a company. Employees that are parting ways with the organization have the chance to leave with valuable information. Who is that information valuable to? Competitors.
Competitors will pay a lot of money to gain access to customer files and business plans in an attempt to pull the rug out from underneath you.
To protect your IP from being compromised on the inside you can take the following steps:
For more great tips from CSO Online checkout their article on the topic here.
Does your company have security policies to protect your intellectual property?