Friday, January 27, 2006, 1/27/2006 08:19:00 AM

FBI Helping Businesses Protect Trade Secrets

From the Birmingham (Ala.) Business Journal, an article on a new FBI initiative to help U.S. businesses and universities prevent foreigners from stealing sensitive technology and trade secrets. The article quotes Kevin Favreau, chief of the FBI's domain support section, who is heading up an effort by the FBI "to help businesses and universities assess their vulnerability to intellectual property theft and then take action to plug any potential leaks."

As might be expected, "the agency's top priority is protecting new weapons systems and other technology with national security implications," but the program appears to go beyond that. According to the article, "businesses of any type or size can contact their local FBI field office and get a self-assessment tool that can pinpoint where they're vulnerable."

Favreau will appear with Joan Myers, president and CEO of the North Carolina Technology Association, at an upcoming security conference in Wilmington, N.C.

We'll try to get more information on that conference and the FBI's self-assessment tool.

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