Data privacy concept with lock If employees are being permitted to perform work from personal computers or firewalls have been disabled to permit remote work, employers should consider prohibiting sending or storing of company confidential information.

Legal protection of trade secrets under both the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) and the federal Defense of Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) depends on whether a company takes “reasonable measures” to safeguard the secrecy of the information. Many companies satisfy this obligation by implementing policies, controlled access to where such information is used and stored and IT security measures.

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