The company's internal blog notes that Apple caught "29 Leakers" last year. 12 former employees were also arrested for their actions. "These people not only lose their jobs, they also have extreme difficulties finding employment elsewhere," the memo says, highlighting the potential consequences of a leak.
In a case from the previous month in which the company caught and fired an employee who leaked information from an internal and confidential meeting regarding the company's software roadmap, notes that Bloomberg publishes Memo the Apple-approved employee investigator he did because he thought he would not be found out. Apple boasts that this is not the case as its efforts to close leaks have resulted in employees, contractors and suppliers taking these actions "faster than ever".
Apple has invested in its internal investigations to detect and detect leaks as early as possible. The memo quotes a gold-master leak from iOS 11's head last September's event, which included details regarding the unannounced iPhone X and unpublished operating system, identified with the relevant employee and fired within days.
Global Security's digital forensics, used by Apple for its investigations, also discovered the identity of several employees who were relaying sensitive data via the iPhone X, iPad Pro and AirPods to a blogger on an Apple-focused online publication. Global Security is also credited as partnering with Apple Intellectual Property Theft Prevention Suppliers and Leakers to improve third-party security to meet or exceed Apple's expectations.
The repercussions of finding leaks are far more than losing a job, Apple claims, mentioning the prison sentence and "massive fines" that typically come from federal charges in connection with network intrusions and theft of trade secrets , "The potential criminal consequences of leaks are real," advises Tom Moyer of Global Security. Such discoveries could forever become part of your personal and professional identity.
The memo also demands that employees respect each other's work, and Apple's investment in its products so as not to get to the press. "Thousands of people work tirelessly for months to deliver every major software release," said Josh Shaffer, head of the UIKit team, who worked on some of the elements that were part of the iOS 11 leak. "Seeing the leak is devastating for all of us."
"Everyone comes to Apple to do the best work of their lives – work that counts and contributes to what all 135,000 people in the company do together," said Greg Joswaik of Product Marketing, completing the memo. "The best way to honor these posts is not to lick."
Apple is known as one of the world's most secretive companies and has been the subject of many rumors and leaks, both genuine and fake, about its products. In May 2012, CEO Tim Cook advised the company to double its product safety and confidentiality.
In October of the same year, a report on Apple's security practices found that they had become stronger and more stringent than during the term of founder Steve Jobs. Efforts spilled from off-campus testing to new hardware limited to just a handful of employees, to other practices that reportedly had more of what their employees could do. Some unnamed engineers complained about the company's extreme confidentiality.