My question is simple: What steps should you take to protect research from the vast amount of spyware or insecure applications on a given device?
I do research into developing new models for machine learning applications. Security of this research is of high importance. This is because developing a new model can be a difficult, time consuming task. However once a new model is understood, all of the coding necessary to leverage the research is often trivial. So it can be stolen very easily.
It seems very possible that data mining could be used to identify researchers. After which spyware (which may well already be on a device) can be used to steal research.
My Solution so far:
I've been doing all of my testing on a newly wiped system that is entirely not connected nor ever connected to the internet (network card removed)
Other than that, I have encrypted all of the source as well as the entire hard drive separately using 7zip.
I'm not sure if this is enough.