Naomi Fine, Esq., industry leading expert on trade secrets and information protection, is President and CEO of Pro-Tec Data, Inc., a firm she founded in 1985 to help companies manage and protect confidential information and intellectual property. Ms. Fine is the author of Positively Confidential: 10 Proven Steps to Protecting Confidential Information, Private Data, and Intellectual Property in Today’s Interactive Business World, the ultimate how-to guide for creating business confidentiality and trade secrets.
Since Pro-Tec Data's inception, Ms. Fine has served as the Company's principal consultant, applying legal, computer security, corporate security, human resource and audit disciplines to her comprehensive information protection services. Ms. Fine's depth of knowledge comes from working with hundreds of world-class companies to identify and classify sensitive information, assess needs for protecting trade secrets, develop tailored information protection strategies, establish information protection policies and procedures, and provide information protection training and tools that secure corporate competitive advantage.
Ms. Fine's clients include many Fortune 500 companies, such as 3Com, Apple Computer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, Charles Schwab, Corning, Eastman Kodak, International Paper, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss, MCI, McDonald's, Michelin, Mobil Oil, National Semiconductor, Nortel Networks, PECO Energy, Procter & Gamble, Qualcomm, Ralston Purina, Rockwell International, SC Johnson Wax, Seagate, Sun Microsystems, Unocal, Varian, Visa, and Xerox.
Ms. Fine has been cited by Fortune, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times Cybertimes, the LA Times, and the Industry Standard as a leading expert in her field. KICU TV featured Ms. Fine in the CEO Profile segment of their Silicon Valley Business program. Ms. Fine's work for MCI and Apple Computer has been described as exemplary in industry trade journals, including The Personnel Journal, The Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, and Security Management Magazine. Ms. Fine has been the featured subject of articles in California Law Business and the Security Management Bulletin.
Ms. Fine holds an inventor's patent in a Proprietary Information Identification, Management and Protection system and has embodied her more than 25 years of consulting expertise into the IP Platform™, an automated, software-based, turnkey solution for managing and protecting intellectual property.
An authoritative and enthusiastic speaker, Ms. Fine has been featured by many industry associations, including the American Electronics Association, the American Society for Industrial Security, the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, the Information Systems Security Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Computer Security Institute, the EDP Auditors Association, the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, the High Technology Crime Investigators Association, the Trade Secret Law Institute, and the Risk and Insurance Managers Conference. Ms. Fine has been a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accredited speaker for the American Corporate Counsel Association and has served as a guest lecturer for Golden Gate University's Information Security Certificate Program. Ms. Fine is a former co-chair of the annual IP Summit, and former member of the National Standing Committee on Safeguarding Proprietary Information for the American Society for Industrial Security.
Ms. Fine is frequently called upon as an expert witness in both civil and criminal cases to help courts determine if reasonable measures have been taken to establish trade secrets.
Prior to founding Pro-Tec Data, Ms. Fine was a business attorney counseling high technology companies on protection, licensing, and other intellectual property transactions. Ms. Fine left the practice of law in 1985 to found Pro-Tec Data, Inc. and to assist companies with the practical, logistical, and organizational aspects of protecting information and intellectual property
Ms. Fine has served as a member of the Board of Directors of several start-up companies, including 3D Joe Corporation, Regent Solutions, and The AquaStroller Company, in which she holds an inventor's patent. Ms. Fine is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
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