February 2020


In this issue:

  • White Paper: GDPR and CCPA Data Privacy Laws and Compliance
  • Rob Telson Joins SmartFlow Sales Team
  • Blog: Flexera's Acquisition of Revulytics
  • Blog: AutoCAD Files Targeted in Spear Phishing Campaign
  • In the News: China's Theft of American Companies' Intellectual Property

featured blogs

Rory O'Connor, Cybersecurity Consultant: Flexera's Acquisition of Revulytics


Flexera announced a definitive agreement for Flexera to acquire Revulytics last week. Flexera Chief Executive Jim Ryan said in the press release that he was "targeting software suppliers looking to derive more value from their software." Brent Pietrzak, SVP, stated that “Software monetization is more than licensing and enforcement” and that the focus would be on software usage and analytics.

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Adrian Allen, CTO of SmartFlow: AutoCAD Files Targeted in Spear Phishing Campaign


At SmartFlow, we continue to highlight the potential for compromised computer-aided design (CAD) tools to be used for the distribution of malware and trojans. CAD tools represent a prime target for nation states interested in stealing industrial and military secrets that can provide a competitive advantage to their own indigenous industries. What better way to leapfrog your economic or military rivals than to steal their cutting-edge designs before they even make it into production!

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in the news

Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the Keynote Address at the Department of Justice's China Initiative Conference

Attorney General Barr made extended remarks today at a Justice Dept. conference on DOJ's China Initiative to address China's theft of American companies' intellectual property and U.S. concerns regarding China's "current focus on dominating 5G technology."
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The Spy Business is Booming and Should We be Worried?

Bill Priestap, former assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, warns in this New York Times opinion piece that the Chinese government is stealing not only U.S. government plans, but also the IP of private companies and citizens and is setting itself up as an alternative model for the world. 

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