The FBI has some great recommendations on how to best protect an organizations Intellectual Property (IP). But when you really look them, they’re pretty common sense. So, that begs the question….. Does the FBI feel organizations aren’t using common sense security practices to protect their IP?

Of course, the FBI isn’t saying that, but when you look at the below list, nothing should really be too far off for security professionals. I think the issue is many companies just don’t want to spend the capital on implementing these recommendations. Although, sadly, there are many who think the costs are too high to even lift the rock and see where they stand on protecting their IP.



As one of a select group of SEI CERT Insider Threat Center Partners, Quortum has the expertise to help your small or medium organization identify your IP and sensitive information. More importantly, we are able to work with you to ensure you’ve prioritized your list and assist you with implementing proven mitigation strategies to protect your IP, information and employees.

Here are some of the FBI’s recommendations, which Quortum’s Experts are well-versed in and ready to help you implement in your organization:

  • Assess your company’s information security vulnerabilities and fix or mitigate the risks associated with those vulnerabilities.
  • Do not store private information vital to your company on any device that connects to the Internet.
  • Use up-to-date software security tools. Many firewalls stop incoming threats, but do not restrict outbound data. Competitive intelligence hackers try to retrieve data stored on your network.
  • Educate employees on spear phishing email tactics. Establish protocols for quarantining suspicious email.
  • Ensure your employees are aware of and are trained to avoid unintended disclosures.
  • Remind employees of security policies on a regular basis through active training and seminars. Use signs and computer banners to reinforce security policies.
  • Document employee education and all other measures you take to protect your intellectual property.
  • Ensure human resource policies are in place that specifically enhance security and company policies. Create clear incentives for adhering to company security policies.

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