Securing Intellectual Property

Protecting Trade Secrets and Other Information Assets


  • . Information Security

Most employeers are astounded at how easily and quickly their proprietary information can get out of their control. In a large number of cases, theft of trade secrets often involves employees leaving a company to start their own business or work for a direct competitor.Nearly all books that address the topic of trade secrets have the “spy vs. spy” perspective. The author approaches the topic from a practical business perspective and not simply creating “paranoia” for paranoia’s sake. The material for this book comes from the author’s extensive work experience as a computer forensics consultant and manager on numerous theft of trade secrets cases.
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PRIMARY MARKET: CSO’s and security consultants, loss prevention directors, computer security managers and staff, physical security experts, corporate counsels, and computer security consultants.SECONDARY MARKET: Investigative law enforcement, human resource professionals, legal professionals (intellectual property lawyers), and students in security and computer security.


Book information

  • Published: December 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7995-4

Table of Contents

ForewordPreface Chapter 1:Elements of a Holistic ProgramChapter 2: Trade Secrets and Nondisclosure AgreementsChapter 3: Confidentiality, Rights Transfer, and Noncompetition Agreements for EmployeesChapter 4: IT Services—Development, Outsourcing, and ConsultingChapter 5: How to Sell Your Intellectual Property Protection ProgramChapter 6: Case Study: The Mysterious Social Engineering Attacks on Entity XChapter 7: When Insiders and/or Competitors Target a Business’s Intellectual PropertyChapter 8: When Piracy, Counterfeiting, and Organized Crime Target a Business’s Intellectual PropertyChapter 9: Physical Security: The “Duh” FactorChapter 10: Protecting Intellectual Property in a Crisis SituationChapter 11: Top Ten Ways to Shut Down HackersAppendix 1: Mutual Non-Disclosure AgreementAppendix 2: Evaluation Agreement (Pro-Recipient)Appendix 3: Employee AgreementAppendix 4: Software Development AgreementAppendix 5: Software Consulting Agreement (Favors Consultant)Appendix 6: Software Consulting Agreement (Favors Customer)Appendix 7: Web Site Development AgreementAppendix 8: Web Hosting AgreementAppendix 9: U.S. Department of Justice Checklist for Reporting a Theft of Trade Secrets Offense