Disgruntled employees and Intellectual Property Protection

Contributed by Dan Morrill

The greatest knowledge is knowing what intellectual property you own, and where it is located on the network. The next greatest knowledge to know is what controls, technology and processes stand between that data and both insiders and outsiders. The way that intellectual property theft happens can come along a number of various tangents. However, the disgruntled employee is fast becoming the avenue of choice for loosing intellectual property. There is at least one excellent example, in the Sony DRM root kit that could provide a viable avenue for the disgruntled employee to take advantage of the network, and its computing systems.

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