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IP Thieves: An Insider Job

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    Ericka Chickowski

    | Posted 2011-12-16
 
 
 
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The average IP thief is a male employee around 37 years old who serves in a technical position, such as an engineer, scientist, technical manager or programmer.
There's nothing scarier than the thought of a trusted employee walking out the door with your company's most vital trade secrets or other intellectual property with the intention of turning it over to the competition. And yet it happens every day. Just who are these individuals with predilections for stealing trade secrets? Psychological profilers and employee risk management experts Dr. Eric Shaw and Dr. Harley Stock took a look at over 550 insider cases collected in summer 2011 by Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team. Here's a look at what their Symantec-sponsored report revealed about the personalities of these thieves.
 
 
 
 
 

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