Business security depends on people

Friday, 13 June 2003, 5:16 PM EST

Patents and copyrights aren’t enough to safeguard a company’s treasures, according to Curtis Coleman. The director of worldwide electronic security for Seagate Technology touts the need for an increasing holistic view of corporate security in a competitive world.

Coleman’s job is to look for trouble, preferably before it happens by scoping out potential vulnerabilities that could put his employer’s business in danger. He is charged with safeguarding the international company’s proprietary information, which includes technology the company develops and uses as well as data and business systems.

As the main speaker today at the Santa Cruz-based Intellectual Property Society luncheon, Coleman aims to link high-tech security issues pertinent to business with the everyday security issues that companies often overlook.

"Most people think corporate espionage is only in the movies and has nothing to do with the ordinary company that might just be getting formed, but what we’ve discovered in the last three to five years is that there’s an increase in five areas in how intellectual property is getting out of companies," Coleman said. "People are very lax about security. They think they don’t have to secure anything."

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