There are upsides to reporting cybercrime, authorities say

Not only might companies have ethical, civic and legal obligations to alert authorities to cyberthreats, businesses may find that the authorities can be helpful, law enforcement agents and prosecutors said on Friday.

Aravind Swaminathan, assistant US attorney in the Western District of Washington, took pains to describe the lengths to which his office goes to be sensitive to the needs of companies that report crimes. He spoke during a cybercrime conference at the University of Washington School of Law on Friday.

Everybody’s worried that their trade secret will end up on the front page of the paper, he said. Trade-secret cases are hard, but work with us. We aren’t obtuse. We know that’s the stock and trade of your business — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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