Title of Webinar: Countering Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Join us on a webinar with Peter Lapp, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as he discusses the threat of economic espionage and trade secret theft. US-based companies and universities are increasingly targeted for economic espionage and trade secret theft by insiders and foreign agents. It is estimated that losses from these illegal activities are in the tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars annually to the American economy as modern technology enables bad actors to instantaneously copy and transmit information globally. The webinar will focus on best practices and real-world examples to help you recognize unlawful attempts by insiders and foreign agents to acquire trade secrets and intellectual property from your organization and what you can do to mitigate risk.
Peter Lapp
Peter J. Lapp is a Special Agent with the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with recognized counterintelligence expertise in espionage, economic espionage and insider threat programs having served in the FBI in various positions as a Special Agent, Supervisory Special Agent and Unit Chief since 1998. Pete was the co-case agent on the Ana Belen Montes espionage investigation. Montes, who was a senior Cuba analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, was arrested on September 21, 2001 for being a penetration agent of the Cuban Intelligence Service for sixteen years. She is currently serving a 25 year prison sentence. While assigned to the FBI’s Baltimore Division in Wilmington, Delaware, Pete was the case agent in 2006 on the Gary Min theft of trade secrets case. Min was convicted of misappropriating thousands of trade secrets from DuPont and served an 18 month prison sentence. In 2008, Pete was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent at FBIHQ as a program manager of economic espionage investigations. In 2010, Pete was promoted to Unit Chief of the Economic Espionage Unit where he managed ten employees and over 100 economic espionage investigations. In 2011, Pete was named Unit Chief of the PRC/East Asia Espionage Unit. From 2012 to 2015, Pete was selected for a detail assignment to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as a Senior Advisor for Homeland Security and Law Enforcement in Partner Engagement. Upon his return, Pete was the Unit Chief of the Active Shooter Unit in the FBI's Office of Partner Engagement. Pete returned to the FBI's Washington Field Office in late 2015 where he is now a private sector coordinator and the field office's Domestic Security Alliance Council coordinator. It is in the role that Pete is able to leverage his extensive expertise on insider threat issues to help build relationships between the field office and the area’s private sector partners. Prior to joining the FBI, Pete was a police office in Southeastern Pennsylvania for five years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Vice Presidents of Research, University TTOs, Open Innovation Officers, Researchers, Students, Faculty, Entrepreneurs, Startups, Angel Groups, VCs, Chief Innovation Officers, University Venture Funds, University Angel Groups, Federal Labs, Government Agencies, SBIR/STTR Companies, SBDCs, State and Regional Economic Agencies, Accelerators, Incubators

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