Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century

ACS Webinars

Historically, economic espionage has targeted defense-related and high-tech industries, but recent cases have shown that no industry, large or small, is immune to the threat. Any company with a proprietary product, process, or idea can be a target; any unprotected trade secret is vulnerable to theft by those who wish to illegally obtain innovations to increase their market share at a victim company’s expense.

Join Special Agent Bill Leckrone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as he shares his knowledge and experience as lead investigator in nationally notable cases such as 2016’s “Natural Look” and 2022’s “Coca-Cola Chemist”. Register now to discover the details of a case on economic espionage at a chemical facility and threats to the chemical sector.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Rebekah Paul of the American Chemical Society and is co-produced with ACS Advocacy and ACS Industry Member Programs.

What You Will Learn

  • What are some of the best practices to protect your company from economic espionage 
  • How data loss prevention tools can save a company’s trade secrets 
  • The importance of building a security centered culture and why the “See something, say something” concept is important


Meet the Experts  

Bill Leckrone
Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Rebekah Paul
Program Manager, Industry Member Programs, American Chemical Society

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