Three people are facing federal charges for trying to steal Coke’s trade secret information and offering to sell it to rival Pepsi. Apparently, Pepsi immediately notified Coke about this offer, who in turn notified the FBI. One of the defendants is reportedly an administrative assistance to a Coke executive.
This proves the point of a recent blog post. (See "Employees Pose Biggest Threat to Data Security" – posted July 6, 2006). Employees present the biggest threat to security in companies. While significant dollars are often spent on keeping out hackers and other outside threats, companies generally ignore the need to prevent employee fraud.
Fortunately for Coke their rival acted honorably. Can you be sure your rival will act the same way?