Software Protection is not the panacea for code theft issues like the one that occurred with Goldman Sachs. In fact, this case is very similar to the 2004 insider code theft of Cisco’s IOS code. However, outside of just stronger access control and perimeter security measures, these threats do suggest a closer look at how to securely share valuable IP contained within code in a distributed and rapid software development process.
Although there are few details in terms of the development platform of the application and the exact access the alleged thief had, organizations should consider a few options to mitigate the risk of theft of sensitive IP within code:
Gartner's Neil MacDonald blogged about this news ("Security No-Brainer #7: If You Have Intellectual Property Embedded in Software, Protect it") and Gartner's "Hype Cycle for Cyberthreats (2006) coined a term for the emergence of software IP threats as enterprise code reverse engineering (“Definition: Enterprise code reverse engineering is reverse engineering of enterprise application
code for the purposes of targeting vulnerabilities or stealing intellectual property.”).
We believe as general perimeter, application, and physical security improves, hackers, foreign governments and competitors will increasingly turn to reverse engineering tactics to access valuable software IP or alter it for malicious purposes. In these threat scenarios software protection and threat detection reporting can play an important role in mitigating these risks.
Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.
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