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(ISC)2 Security Congress 2022

2101720 - CyberTheft of Trade Secrets, and Attorneys’ Ethical Considerations during Data Breaches

Oct 12, 2022 11:25am ‐ Oct 12, 2022 12:25pm


Trade secrets make up the majority of the value of U.S. public companies' portfolios. Not surprisingly, such secrets are high value theft targets for domestic and foreign competitors. In one survey, half of the respondents admitted to taking corporate data when they left their employer, and almost two-thirds transferred corporate data to personal devices and never deleted the same. Domestic economic damage attributed to trade secret theft, counterfeit goods and software piracy exceeds $600 billion annually. This presentation explores the world of trade secrets, how trade secrets differ from other intellectual properties, the legal aspects of trade secrets, some recent case law and legislation, and general ethical and discovery considerations of attorneys responding to a security breach.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the legal definition of trade secrets and compare them to other forms of intellectual property.
  • Be exposed to famous trade secrets cases and case laws on trade secrets.
  • Learn what attorneys, as integral parts of the breach-investigative team, should ethically and strategically consider while responding to a security breach.


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