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Trade Secrets Thief Sentenced to 30 Months for Medical Institution Theft

On February 1st, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the sentencing of a trade secrets thief to 30 months for stealing scientific data from a U.S. medical research center to benefit herself and Chinese-State institutions.

NOTE: There is a co-conspirator that has not, as yet, been sentenced.)

The case made against the targets relied heavily on digital evidence of their transferring trade secrets from their work computers to their personal computers through email—similar to what I wrote about in my previous post.

WORKPLACE CYBER SECURTY

Yesterday, BusinessWire.com (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) published an article regarding a cyber security firm (DTEX) based in San Jose, California, that has reportedly enhanced its workforce cyber intelligence platform.

BEHAVIOR ACTIVITY MONITORING

One element of DTEX software (that is most intriguing to me) is the claim that the system can collect data that gives a company indicators of malicious intent in a workforce through what they call, “Behavior Activity Monitoring.”

There’s a short DTEX video about midway down the page of this link that gives a snapshot of its platform. I recommend you take a few minutes to watch it.

DTEX appears to recognize the dangers of not only protecting a company’s IP from outside bad actors, but also recognizes the need to minimize risk of IP theft by insiders through a comprehensive and innovative behavior detection platform.

FINAL THOUGHT

It is useful for IP industry investigation and protection professionals (regardless of speciality) to become more acquainted with workplace IP protection software.

NOTE: IPPI Blog.com has no affiliation with DTEX, nor did DTEX contact IPPPIBlog.com to write this post, nor does IPPIBlog.com have any financial interest in the company.

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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."

1 comment on “Trade Secrets Thief Sentenced to 30 Months for Medical Institution Theft

  1. THOMAS MANLEY

    THANK YOU RON
    Yes this has a similar flavor
    I would expect these cases serve as a wake up call to the research community
    and other entities that create and possess valuable and expensive research
    Tom Manley
    Special Agent FBI-Retired

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