Co-Chair of Employee Defections and Trade Secrets Practice Group Discusses Protecting Trade Secrets During the Pandemic
Many employers should be concerned about the amount of people working from home on their own personal devices, which increases the risk of employers’ secret information getting disclosed and/or remaining on those personal devices for possible future use and/or exposure. In an interview with Law360, partner Bob Yonowitz explained that it is not too late for companies to take safeguards and strengthen their legal footing to protect themselves and their prized trade secrets. In fact, Bob told employers to do the best they can “….and that means don’t give up now simply because you didn’t do it a couple weeks ago…[g]o do it now.” Bob suggests employers take some practical steps like making their most sensitive data read-only and having employees sign confidentiality agreements. He notes that these security considerations are the type of measures that are fairly easy for employers to implement because they really don’t cost anything.
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