Global Intellectual Property Center

Cyberattacks: A call for collaborative action

Cyberattacks: A call for collaborative action

We need to develop a collective consciousness for coping with the growing menace of cyber attacks, says Stanton Sloane.

News of cyber security attacks is becoming all too familiar. Recent reports propose how to combat sophisticated, custom-created malware designed to penetrate government and private industry computer networks, and steal national security secrets. This has raised overall awareness of the problem, but not as much attention has been placed on a key business concern: the theft of commercial intellectual property. We need to develop a collective consciousness for coping with the growing menace of cyber attacks, particularly given the economic and safety issues triggered when valuable intellectual property is the target. That’s why advocating a public-private industry collaboration makes the most sense. The isolated efforts of individual nations, industry groups, or companies will be ineffective against 21st century intellectual property crime.