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Cisco has filed a complaint against three former employees in the district court of Northern California, having accused them of stealing its intellectual property before jumping ship to a competitor. Shortly after resigning from their jobs at Cisco this year, the three men joined a competitor "in the IP telephony, headset, …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "Cisco also has uncovered evidence suggesting that Mr Williams was offered employment at the same competitor after proposing a go-to-market strategy he dubbed 'Project X,' which had been developed and refined at Cisco,"

    Is it just me who gets the impression that this might have been developed, refined and turned down at Cisco?

    1. WolfFan Silver badge
    2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Stout Brave Hearts This Way Please.

      Is it just me who gets the impression that this might have been developed, refined and turned down at Cisco? ... Doctor Syntax

      Yep, ..... sure does. And it's the usual way for real spooky smarter sensitive stuff which lesser mortals be either terrified of, or fail to fully grasp the true meaning of whilst also wanting to try and ensure no one else has any knowledge of because it too readily exposes myriad opportunities which are feared uncontrollable by presently available commands ...... current control enterprises.

      But hey, that's just the way all things are nowadays ....... changing and different.

      the three men joined a competitor "in the IP telephony, headset, video, and collaboration space",

      Another deep mind bending place then. And definitely not at all normal for the faint hearted and weak willed.

  2. Imhotep

    Shopping List

    Huawei?

    1. joeW Silver badge

      Re: Shopping List

      Plantronics/Polycom, "now known as Poly", according to their LinkedIn profiles.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Shopping List

      Huawei doesn't need to steal stuff from Cisco, they're way ahead of any US company in innovation and technology. Even their coding is not as bad as Cisco's.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Eat your own dogfood...

    https://blogs.cisco.com/security/sensitive-data-exfiltration-and-the-insider

    https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/m/en_us/network-intelligence/service-provider/digital-transformation/knowledge-network-webinars/pdfs/0314-security-ckn.pdf

    AC, well...

    Very difficult to prevent a determined and sophisticated exfiltration attempt.

    1. James O'Shea

      Re: Eat your own dogfood...

      Offhand I can think of at least three ways to get data out without doing something silly like emailing it to yourself or slipping a thumb drive into a USB port.

      1 take a picture with your cell phone.. If you have an office this can't be stopped. One of the alleged bad guys had a company laptop; take it home, take pix, take it back.

      2 print it out as part of normal business. You need 20 copies of Document X? Make 21. Easily done: make a printout, then feed it to the copier and make 20 copies. You still have the original...

      3 write it down. See item one above. More tedious, less likely to be detected, and you can write down just what you need. And if someone sees you... you're making notes for the Important Meeting next week. Be sure to show up for the Important Meeting, with notepaper, and make sure that everyone sees that you used the notes.

  4. yoganmahew

    "And this is how..."

    " they produce such shoddy, back-door ridden crap and get away with it while Huawei take all the heat".

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