Friday, June 08, 2007, 6/08/2007 03:11:00 PM

FBI Warns North Carolina Businesses About Trade Secrets Theft

By Todd
TechJournal South is reporting that presenters at the June 7th North Carolina Technology Association's "Five Pillars" meeting warned that competitors, foreign agents and former employees represent serious risks in the fight to keep trade secrets safe.

Tom Mahlik, section chief for counter-intelligence strategy at F.B.I. headquarters, and John Slattery, Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, F.B.I., pointed out the threats to protecting intellectual property stemming from numerous sources. The F.B.I. actively seeks ways to help technology companies and academic institutions protect their IP.

The F.B.I. offers help with companies that want to know how to better protect their technology secrets or suspect that it may have been compromised and want to know how to handle it. Agents make it clear that they act with discretion.

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