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For Sale: Your Stolen Pre-Released Press Releases!

Hackers Busted Selling Press Releases to Traders – How Secure is Your Vendor’s Info Security?    In light of the rash of data security events in the last few years, your company has invested heavily in upgraded security hardware and software.  In addition, you recently completed a comprehensive security awareness training program for all your employees, reinforcing the importance of data security (in particular, reminding them not to open those …Read More

Is the SEC Giving Whistleblowers Too Much Power?

New SEC Move to Require Companies to “Review and Amend” Employee Confidentiality Agreements to Encourage Whistleblowing is Creating a Debate The confidentiality agreement is a widely-used tool for protecting a company’s confidential information and trade secrets. It is an excellent training tool to establish an understanding with employees that companies can suffer tremendous damage if those secrets are not protected.  Further, every employee plays a role in keeping the family …Read More

Business Software Alliance (BSA) Audits: Top Ten Things to do if You Receive a BSA Letter

A software audit firm, working with your counsel, can help you manage a more favorable outcome when responding to a BSA letter. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is an industry trade group comprised of software giants that exist to help leading software firms combat software copyright law violations- sometimes referred to as software piracy.  Well-funded and aggressive, the BSA pays hefty rewards to whistleblowers, and levies large fines to violators.  Companies …Read More

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) Does it still make sense?

Good laws badly applied are still good laws. There has been much-needed debate over the relevance of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in light of Aaron Swartzʼ recent tragic suicide. Mr. Swartz, you will recall, was a young technology entrepreneur accused of inappropriately downloading millions of scientific journals from MIT and JSTOR, a journal storage repository. Swartz, 26, had been an advocate for open access and the freedom …Read More

Do Employees Steal Trade Secrets? Yes! (Just Ask Them)

New survey confirms nearly half of employees would steal A recent survey concluded that nearly half of all employees would walk out with proprietary data(such as company database records and business plans) if they were fired tomorrow [1].  Other findings included… 45 percent said they have access to information on a system that is not relevant to their role. 42 percent indicated they have used passwords to access data that …Read More