CISO’s Code42 comments on report off Apple software engineer leaking trade secrets

As reported lasts week, Apple alleges Andrew Aude, a former software engineer, leaked secrets about various initiatives, including Apple’s Journal app and the Vision Pro device, through his company-issued iPhone. This information was reportedly shared with journalists and personnel at rival technology corporations over five years.

Dennis Dayman, CISO of Code42,  a data protection company, shared this quote with Apple World Today regarding the article: While every security team is familiar with addressing external threats, insider threat presents a new, more insidious challenge that’s on the rise. In fact, we’ve seen a 28% increase in insider-driven data exposure, loss, leak, and theft events since 2021.

The news of Apple taking legal action against a former employee highlights the inherent data risks associated with human behavior and that insiders can – and sometimes do – become a threat and cause harm to the business. Employees are trusted to handle critical data daily, and the theft of intellectual property has a significant impact on businesses. Code42’s research has revealed that a single insider-driven data exposure, loss, leak, or theft event could cost companies $15 million in financial losses. 

Incidents like this serve as a wake-up call for organizations to adopt thorough data protection strategies to ensure confidential information remains confidential.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.