This essay argues that data security is important to the protection of trade secret information, and that trusted employees on the inside pose the biggest threat to the protection of trade secrets. While investments in technical measures such as firewalls and encryption are important, it is also necessary for companies to consider the internal threats from employees when creating corporate security programs. Ultimately, a more comprehensive approach that includes technical and human elements, as well as consideration of inside and outside threats is likely to be more effective in the battle to secure data.
Elizabeth A. Rowe, Trade Secrets, Data Security and Employees, 84 Chicago-Kent Law Review, 749–756 (2010).