Insider Threat Exposed: Can iCognative™ Prevent Software Theft?

April 29, 2024


Three former US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees received sentences for conspiring to steal proprietary US government software and sensitive law enforcement databases. This case highlights the dangers of insider threat. Charles K. Edwards faces a one-year and six-month prison sentence, while Sonal Patel received two years’ probation. Murali Y. Venkata received a four-month prison sentence along with convictions on additional charges. The co-conspirators aimed to commercialize their ill-gotten materials. 

Source: U.S. Department of Justice


This case spotlights the ever-present danger of insider threat, especially when individuals possess privileged access to sensitive information. It highlights the severe consequences faced when public trust is breached for personal gain. Additionally, the international dimension – with collaborators in India – underscores the need for robust safeguards on government software assets. This situation emphasizes the ongoing struggle to protect proprietary assets in a world of escalating cybersecurity risks. 



iCognative™ offers a powerful tool for combating insider threats and intellectual property theft. Unlike traditional investigative methods reliant solely on physical evidence and witness testimony, iCognative™ delves directly into the suspect’s mind, exposing the source of the criminal scheme. 

While traditional methods secured convictions in this case, iCognative™ offers the potential to proactively identify insider threats and expose the full network of collaborators. This bolsters future defenses against such breaches. 

Source: Brainwave Science