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COM­PANY

Me­drobotics, a med­i­cal de­vices com­pany

LO­CA­TION

Rayn­ham, Mas­sachusetts

WHY IT’S A TAR­GET

Af­ter a decade and $200 mil­lion in fundrais­ing, in 2015 Me­drobotics got FDA ap­proval for a flex­i­ble ro­bot that gives sur­geons less in­va­sive op­tions for sev­eral sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures.

WHY IT MIGHT RING A BELL

Last year, CEO Sa­muel Straface was leav­ing the of­fice one night and no­ticed an un­fa­mil­iar face in his con­fer­ence room, sit­ting with a bunch of elec­tronic de­vices. Straface asked the man who he was there to see. The man said the CEO. Straface said, ‘I’m the CEO,’ and phoned the po­lice. Charges against the in­truder – Dong Liu, a dual Chi­nese and Cana­dian cit­i­zen – of at­tempt­ing to steal trade se­crets were later dropped. The Jus­tice Depart­ment has not said why.

WHAT TO DO

• Di­vide your of­fices into phys­i­cal zones that each re­quire clear­ance – that’s what con­fined Liu to the con­fer­ence room. Straface has in­sti­tuted 24/7 se­cu­rity guards.

• The com­pany has a ded­i­cated IT se­cu­rity team and mon­i­tors its net­work with soft­ware. Re­mote em­ploy­ees must use a VPN.

• It’s eas­ier to im­ple­ment se­cu­rity mea­sures when you’re small. Ed­u­cat­ing early em­ploy­ees en­cour­ages sub­se­quent hires to buy in.

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