An internal briefing at Appleon ways to prevent leaks appears to have been leaked.
The Outline claims to have obtained a recording from an internal session held earlier this month at Apple named Stopping LeakingKeeping Confidential at Apple.The presentation was ledby administrator of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, and Jenny Hubbert of the Global Security Communications and Training Team.
The online publication wrote a shocking report disclosing some of the extreme techniques Apple uses to prevent leakages, and the uphill battle it faces to stop millions of people both within and outside the company from leaking informed about an upcoming product.
The report is especially surprising devoted Apples iron-first approach to keeping its projects under wraps, a strategy that has attained it one of the most secretive corporations in the world.
It would be shocking if one of its devices, which could have been touched by millions of laborers, was leaked, but the liberate of information provided in an internal briefing about avoiding leakages isn’t only ironic, it’s unprecedented.
According to the report, Apples security team utilizes investigators who previously operated in U.S. intelligence for agencies including the National Security Administration( NSA ), FBI, Secret services, and U.S. military, to avoided the” press, counterfeiters, and competitors” from leaking information about its products.
It apparently created a New Product Security team to deal with leakages on the supply chain, like when the iPhone 5 was leaked in 2012. Rice says the New Product Security was generated because of the iPhone 4 prototype leak back in 2010, when an employee left the device at a saloon and it was later sell off Gizmodo.
The team is said to have been successful preventing leaks in factories, but Apple now appears to be facing the challenge of cracking down on leaks at its campuses in California. Last time was the first year Apple leaked more from its campuses than its furnish chain, Rice mentioned, according to the report.
In the past, Apples U.S. employees have griped about draconian security measures, Rice mentions, because of the leakiness of the supply chain. You always get this battle … like, Well, why do we have to do all this security stuff when our supply chain leakages so much? Rice tells. I belief the noise had all along been high here and once the supplying chain interference dropped down suddenly we realized,’ Oh crap. We have a problem here.’
While the Outline claims that the presentation sounds like working for the CIA, Apple says there is no Big Brother culture in the company.
In its Chinese mills, Apple is tasked with preventing millions of employees from leaking information.
The Outline tells Rice compared Apples work of screening its employees to that of the TSA, claiming it screens 2.7 million workers from 40 factories in China versus the 1.8 million people the TSA screens at peak volume.
He described the job of stomping out leakages as “trench warfare” and said the financial reward for leaking components for an upcoming Apple product can be up to a year’s salary for a Chinese worker.
Rice said those stolen components end up in one of the most significant markets in the world, near Shenzhen, China. A especially painful year for Apple was in 2013, when the company had to buy back 19,000 enclosures of the iPhone 5C before it was announced. But things appear to be improving in China.
In 2014 we had 387 enclosings stolen, he mentions. In 2015 we had 57 enclosings stolen, 50 of which were stolen on the night of announce, which was so pain. In 2016, Rice says the company produced 65 million dwellings, and only four were stolen. So it’s about a one in 16 million loss ratio, which is unheard of in the industry.
Preventing leaks has a direct impact on Apples finances. CEO Tim Cook blamed lagging iPhone acquisitions on earlier and much more frequency report about future iPhones ,” according to MacRumors.
The release of internal tapes proves that, despite its claimed success, the teams that prevent leaks at Apple still have a lot of work to do.
You can read the full report over atthe Outline.