August 07, 2014 Articles

Developing Cybersecurity Plans to Protect Intellectual Assets

Businesses can make themselves "tough targets" by developing cybersecurity plans to prevent hackers and rogue insiders from stealing company secrets and consumers' protected personally identifying information

by Emily Duke

In the wake of recent massive and highly publicized data breaches at major national retailers, and last year's disclosure of the NSA's widespread surveillance of the general population, people are thinking about the security of personal information they give out in their daily lives. Businesses of all sizes also need to think about the vulnerability of their "personal" information, that is, proprietary information that provides them a competitive edge: unique business or manufacturing processes, new product research and development (R&D), engineering drawings for products, strategic plans, financial and profit margin information, and the like. Developing and implementing cybersecurity plans must become a top business priority.

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