In the so-called knowledge economy, your most valuable assets are said to walk out out of the office every night. A report from C:NET suggests that they could also be taking some of your next most valuable assets (your intellectual property) with them.
The story indicated that a U.S. security expert has built an application that can fill an iPod with business-critical data "in a matter of minutes." Called "pod slurping" (you think I'm making that up? That's what they're calling it, I swear!), the application can grab about 100MB every "couple minutes" and store them on your favorite iPod.
The story also says that the FBI estimates the average cost of data theft at $350,000...which could buy a whole beaucoup songs on iTunes (353,535 songs @ .99/pop, to be exact).
If you don't trust your employees and are afraid they're walking out of the office every night with the company goods while listening to the BlackEyed Peas' latest, check out the Sharp site to learn more about pod slurping.
What you do NOT want to see is your wares on the "Stolen Patents Top 100" making the rounds on Bit Torrent.