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How to Stop China from Stealing Intellectual Property


Intellectual Property and YOU
Intellectual Property and YOU (Photo credit: Thomas Gehrke)

The other day a senior cyber official, with White House ties, commiserated ‘why can’t we get data and intellectual property to disappear if it is stolen?’

Mark that day in history, ladies and gentlemen, it is a sign that ‘how’ seniors are thinking is beginning to evolve.

In the beginning, we had a risk avoidance mentality, also known as a fortress mentality.  If you put a firewall up, if you put intrusion detection devices up, keep data logs and review them, if you patch all the vulnerabilities, your data is going to be safe.  If anyone got into your system, the system administrator was at fault.  In that way of thinking, the walls protect the data.

Then we had risk mitigation.   We know the bad guys are going to get into our system.  It is our job to make it as difficult as possible to get into that system and, once in the system, we are put a series of protective mitigating steps in place to ensure the bad guys are taking as little as possible, making it not worth their effort.   This might be called defense in depth.

Which leads us to data protection.  We’ve all heard of encryption, which normally protects data while it is enroute from point A to point B. This means that the bad guys can copy all this traffic but they can’t read it.   Now, a new method of protecting data is to tweak the data so that the bad guy copy all they want, but unless the proper key is in place on the receiving machine, the data goes *poof*, it disappears from the ‘copied to’ machine.

Please, don’t get me wrong.  China is not the only country stealing US intellectual property.  So are the Russians, the French, the Israelis, folks from Brazil and India, it’s just that China gets all the press.

After the senior asked that question, I had the distinct pleasure of introducing him to the CEO of a local company who can make the data disappear.  I’ve worked with them for years and I remain convinced this is one of the best ways to protect data and intellectual property from theft.  To me it is a natural step in the evolution on how to stop China from stealing data and intellectual property.

For now I’d like to protect this little company from undue attention, so I won’t publish their name.  If you really want to contact them, please go through me.  This tiny little company really has the opportunity to revolutionize how we protect our data and intellectual property.

3 thoughts on “How to Stop China from Stealing Intellectual Property

  1. I am very interested in learning more about the “disappearing data” technlogy as well. Most of my customers are from the federal or state governments, but we have a growing list of commercial customers as well.

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