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Investigating Insider IP Theft

Joseph Alesia, senior counsel for the business integrity group at Nokia wrote an extremely informative article titled, “The enemy within: investigating insider IP Theft” published in FINANCIER WORLDWIDE MAGAZINE

Here are a few of his comments, “What most company stakeholders pay far less attention to, at their own peril, is the more insidious death by a thousand cuts – critically, valuable intellectual property (IP) theft committed by company insiders…

“Picture a threat equation where ‘threat = likelihood x vulnerability x impact’. The likelihood of an insider stealing, or attempting to steal, a company’s IP is very high.”

He divides his article into the following sections:

  • Investigative goals
  • Triage
  • Initial Steps
  • Interviews
  • Findings and recommendations, and
  • What you can do

And one final Alesia quote, “but a well-structured and executed investigation can best address and reduce the threat of insider IP theft by disrupting the impact factor.”

I could not agree with him more, and highly recommend you read his article word-for-word.

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Ron Alvarez is an IP Investigations / Protection writer and licensed private investigator in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has published a number of articles on various investigative topics for PI Magazine. Ron is certified by the Interpol-International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC.) as a "Transnational and Organized Crime Intellectual Property (IP) Investigator."

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