When Hiring and Firing Puts Your IP at Risk

You’re hiring! You’ve got your eye on this whizzbang software developer who has a track record of creating applications that are always on the vanguard of your technology niche. You do your homework, scrape the net for any detail which may allow you to craft an offer which floats his boat. You make an offer, and your new employee walks through the door two weeks later. Nirvana? Right?

Probably, maybe, should be – but it all depends on your onboarding. Far too often, onboarding, even for those companies which are deep into the security and cybersecurity sectors, is limited to pay, benefits, and responsibilities. Many include company culture and some include a security/privacy brief. Paperwork for new hires may include a non-disclosure agreement, an intellectual property (IP) declaration and any other special requirements germane to the position.

Intellectual Property and Onboarding

Does your intellectual property declaration form include the admonishment, DO NOT BRING THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF OTHERS, or similar verbiage? If not, it should. You want to make sure that during your onboarding, you make it clear that the intellectual property of others should not be brought into the company. There are, unfortunately, many individuals who believe that if they wrote the code or designed a board, they own their employer’s intellectual property (absent such an agreement so stipulating).

There are few experiences less enjoyable than to have to take a product off the shelf or pay outrageous royalties and fees for illegally using someone else’s intellectual property, because a member of your team inserted their code or design into your product.

Do people really do this? Sadly, with great regularity. Companies should continually scrape their own network for documents, designs and other evidence of the intellectual property of others being stored or availed on their networks.

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Cylance Blog authored by Christopher Burgess. Read the original post at: https://threatmatrix.cylance.com/en_us/home/when-hiring-and-firing-puts-your-ip-at-risk.html

Christopher Burgess

Christopher Burgess

Christopher Burgess (@burgessct) is a writer, speaker and commentator on security issues. He is a former Senior Security Advisor to Cisco and served 30+ years within the CIA which awarded him the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal upon his retirement. Christopher co-authored the book, “Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost, Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century”. He also founded the non-profit: Senior Online Safety.

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