are you protecting the company jewels?

Doing some research this morning and came across this passage that’s relevant to anyone involve in content development and maintenance, particularly when it’s valuable intellectual property:

According to the ASIS International report “Trends in Proprietary Information Loss” — a survey sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the ASIS Foundation — 70 percent of a typical U.S. company’s market value comes from its intellectual property.

The report indicates that, while approximately three-fourths of the respondents stated that information was vital to their company’s success, only 55 percent were concerned about information loss and were actively taking the necessary precautions to safeguard their intellectual property.

But despite the importance of information, many companies don’t assign a value to their intellectual property until litigation. And to compound this issue, employees are rarely taught how to handle the information that’s entrusted to them with proper care and discretion. This poses a giant threat that can’t be addressed through normal technological means.

(from The Spy Who Flubbed Me: Intranet Security Begins with Education)