2017 January North Perimeter RDC
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When: 01/31/2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Warren Averett Workplace
6 Concourse Drive
Suite 700
Atlanta, Georgia  30328
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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Economic Espionage - Your Trade Secrets Under Attack

Are your business trade secrets safe from outside threats? What are those threats and how do they impact your business? What can senior human resources professionals do to help businesses protect trade secrets from economic espionage?

There is an ongoing and concerted effort to steal the trade secret of U.S. businesses. This poses not only a threat to the existence of a targeted business, but to U.S. economic security. The majority of businesses in the U.S. do not have dedicated security professionals, and as such it is incumbent upon senior management to be aware of the threat and make every effort to safeguard that which is critical to the company's success. 

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, Matteo Valles will discuss the risks of economic espionage to U.S. businesses and how safeguard corporate trade secrets. This presentation covers:

  • Nature of scope posed by foreign governments and competitors
  • Evolution of the insider threat
  • Trends in cyber attacks

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will realize the threat to their trade secrets is real
  • Attendees will realize the consequences of such a threat, if it occurs, can be devastating
  • Attendees will be better positioned to consider and evaluate safeguards that may be relevant within their own business

Who Should Attend: Senior management, executives, and senior human resources professionals

SHRM BoCK Competencies:

  • SHRM BoCK Technical Competency:  Business Acumen & HR Strategy
  • HRCI BoK:  Business Management & Strategy

Speaker: Matteo Valles, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation 


Matteo Valles has been a Special Agent with the FBI for the past 29 years. His office of assignments have included Anchorage,AK; Boston,MA; Washington D.C.; Gulfport,MS; Vienna, Austria; Nairobi,Kenya; and now Atlanta, GA.

While based in Nairobi for 3 years, SA Valles was in-charge of all FBI operations in 6 East African countries to include Somalia,  Kenya,  Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi.

In addition to his day to day investigative and managerial responsibilities, he is a certified Hostage Negotiator,  former SWAT Team member, and has been teaching Interview & Interrogation techniques for 20+ years. He is currently the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the FBI responsible for outreach efforts with private companies throughout Georgia. His extensive and diverse experiences with the FBI around the world have positioned him to increase awareness within the private sector on matters such as Economic Espionage, Foreign Intelligence Recruitment Efforts, the Insider Threat, and the Active Shooter.

Prior to joining the FBI, he earned a CPA license and worked at a Big-Four public accounting firm. He has four children;  three currently attending Universities in GA, and one attending High School at an International School in Mauritius.


Thanks to our Host Sponsor:     Warren Averett Workplace

 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration, Networking & Lunch
 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Speaker Presentation

Advance Registration Deadline: January 27, 2017
Cancellation Deadline: January 24, 2017

 Registration Rates:
   Advanced  Regular
 Member  $25  $40
 Non-Member  $35  $60
 Student Member  $15  $25

If paying via check, please note that your registration will not be confirmed until payment has been received. Please mail your check, along with the invoice to:

3525 Piedmont Road
Building Five, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds will not be granted if cancellation is not received by the specified deadline. Send all cancellation notices via e-mail to info@shrmatlanta.org. Substitutions are allowed, however the non-member rate may apply.  If we do not receive a cancellation notice you will be required to pay for this event, even if you are unable to attend.