Many companies have enacted new remote working policies, plans, and procedures, often without much thought given to the protection of trade secrets and proprietary information. Indeed, in their haste to provide work-from-home resources and accessibility, some companies are apparently loosening their security standards to allow faster and more convenient access for employees. Apart from any internal threat, there are bad actors taking advantage of the current situation. Relaxed security make systems and information far more susceptible to hacking and other data breaches. Thoughtful companies will want remote policies that remind employees of their obligations to keep company information secret, maintaining rigorous authentication processes in place to prohibit unauthorized access to company data, prohibiting and restricting the use of unauthorized third party cloud storage sites, and utilizing appropriate software to protect company data.
Seyfarth Partner and Co-Chair of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, and Non-Competes practice Robert Milligan moderated and other industry experts presented “Coronavirus & Remote Work Force: Best Practices for Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information,” a California Lawyers Association webinar. This program touches on the importance of the protection of trade secrets and proprietary information as remote workspaces expand. The panel also provides best practices in keeping your work-from-home environment secure and less susceptible to hacking or data breaches.
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