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Your Intellectual Property Deserves Iron-Clad Security from Your Outsourcer (WP102)
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Intellectual property security breaches are making headline news with alarming frequency and creating headaches for consumers, businesses, governments and institutions everywhere. The specter of identity and intellectual property theft hangs over everyone's head, brought home by incidents like the following:

► Two 200-MB files containing incomplete portions of the source code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT operating systems were stolen and posted to the Internet. An individual downloaded the code and offered it for sale. An undercover FBI agent bought the code and the seller was indicted under the U.S. Economic Espionage Act. 1

► The over $20 billion video game industry shook when news came out about the hacking of the computer network and Internet-leaking of the source code at Valve Software, the maker of the mega-popular Half-Life 2, a first-person shooter (FPS) video game. The financial ramifications of source code already licensed to developers, but now available for free on black-market sites, is something no executive wants to encounter. 2

► The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that consumer data broker ChoicePoint, Inc., will pay $10 million in civil penalties and provide $5 million for consumer redress to settle FTC charges that its security and record-handling procedures violated consumers' privacy rights and federal laws. Because of the security breach, at least 800 cases of identity theft have been reported. 3

Today companies must employ safeguards across the entire enterprise to ensure that intellectual property is secure. As outsourcing vendors are increasingly being entrusted with a company's intellectual property in order to leverage cost savings and productivity gains, these vendors must also fall under the firm's security checks. It is imperative that companies scrutinize every aspect of an outsourcer's security protocols to protect valuable intellectual property.
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