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The theft of trade secrets in U.S. businesses is increasing rapidly and is expected to double within the next decade, according to a report in the Gonzaga Law Review. Another report, by the American Society for Industrial Security International, stated that 60 percent of the companies polled had experienced attempted theft of proprietary information.

The report also noted that these crimes — and other thefts of business-critical information, such as billing details, price lists, administrative data, source code, proprietary software, business plans and customer information — are most frequently committed by current or former employees or trusted partners, who take data to which they may have authorized access.

In many cases, these incidents and other suspicious behavior in an organization are the catalyst for a lengthy, expensive forensic investigation to find digital data that can identify what happened and who did it. Digital forensic investigators will seek evidence from a wide array of devices and data sources, including mobile devices.

 

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