According to recent statistics, the number of trade secret cases in U.S. federal courts doubled between 1988 and 1995, doubled again between 1995 and 2004 and is projected to double again by 2017. Hacking, as well as the use of email, thumb drives and external storage devices, are all means by which confidential information can be stolen. No business can ever be 100 percent safe, but companies can and should take several steps to protect their trade secrets from misappropriation.
1. Companies must identify and label confidential information. Confidentiality legends should