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Conduct Your Own 'Self-Assessment'

We are committed to helping companies, organizations, and institutions protect and preserve the value of their proprietary-competitive advantage information, intellectual capital, trade secrets and intellectual property. We Offer Two Self-Assessment Instruments

#1. Have You Ever Considered Why.If You Believe. The first self-assessment - evaluation document uses common, ordinary circumstances to draw an assessors' - evaluators' attention to often overlooked aspects of protecting valuable proprietary-competitive advantage information and trade secrets. View self assessment #1 now.

#2. Must Know Questions For Decision-Makers - The second self-assessment - evaluation document consists of a series of real world - current scenarios (formulated as questions) concerning the identification, valuation and protection of proprietary-competitive advantage information and trade secrets. View self assessment #2 now.

Our Self-Assessments Can Provide The Answers You Need

We believe a useful starting point for making important decisions about protecting your information is to conduct our self -assessment.

• Both of our self-assessment instruments can be downloaded from this website and completed at your convenience and in private.

• The 'Using The Self-Assessment' document, also on this website, describes various ways which the self-assessment can be used (internally) for even greater results.

Your answers to the self-assessment (questions) will provide valuable perspective for making important decisions about how best to protect and preserve the value of your proprietary-competitive advantage information, trade secrets and intellectual property.

The Value Of Conducting Your Own 'Self-Assessment'

The value of conducting a self-assessment is that:

• you can project yourself and your company into each of the scenarios and thereby personalize it to fit your particular circumstances,

• it's an important first step in deciding how to address the problems of information misappropriation, infringement and leakage , and

• it will facilitate higher levels of a wareness, a lertness and a ccountability for protecting your company's valuable information among users and handlers.

Using The Self-Assessment

Different ways our self-assessment instruments can be used.

  • Distribute to key information users/handlers to acquire a broader perspective about how important-valuable information is used , handled , and generated .
  • Kick start (an internal) dialogue about how to better protect valuable information.
  • A starting point for updating, designing and implementing new information security policies and procedures.
  • Action items for board and staff meetings.
  • Identify unappreciated and unrecognized centers - chains of information value and competitive advantage.
  • Prelude to deciding which of our services best fits your needs and circumstances.
  • Discussion points for determining information security pre-requisites when competing for Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security contracts.

Even though our self-assessment is good, it should not serve as a substitute for experienced legal counsel.

These assessment instruments are not intended to take the place of legal counsel, nor are they substitutes for comprehensive information-intellectual property audits or inventories.

The instruments are designed to represent an overview of key FAQ's, concerns and issues that routinely arise relative to protecting proprietary-competitive advantage information and trade secrets.

Questions regarding the use of the assessment-evaluation instruments or about protecting and preserving the value of your information are welcome and can be answered by contacting the firm. We would be pleased to provide analysis of your self-assessment.