By James N. Dertouzos
This file offers the result of a learn undertaken on the request of the yank Electronics organization and a consortium of high-tech industries. in response to a nine-month survey of ninety five agencies, representing nearly forty percentage of the revenues quantity for the pc, semiconductor, harddisk, and mobile phone industries, the authors estimate that direct charges of robbery are virtually $250 million. oblique expenditures (such as misplaced revenues and dear theft-reduction ideas) and losses may well push overall losses prior $5 billion. and shoppers proportion the cost of high-tech losses, yet corporations don't regularly have the industrial incentive to take a position in applicable safety features. on the grounds that 1996, robbery has declined considerably, and up to date safety features followed through person businesses seem to be very not pricey. The authors suggest extra such investments and recommend that the biggest payoff will come from expecting what items are such a lot weak and devising particular strategies to guard them. furthermore, they suggest strengthening collaborative industry-law enforcement efforts to aid music the hazard, count on pursuits, and establish and disable stolen estate.