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[Excerpt] Trade secret information security involves a multi-dimensional array of human, legal, and technological factors. I argue that organizational culture, employee policies, and other human factors are fundamental prerequisites to the successful implementation of legal and technological security measures. After a brief introduction to trade secret law for the nonlegal reader, I present an overview of trade secret litigation and an analysis of computer hacking strategy to emphasize the extent to which the legal and technological dimensions of trade secret information security are predicated on human factors. I conclude with a discussion of how human resource policy can engender cultural sensitivity to trade secrets and mitigate the risk of information leakage.


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Elbaum, D. (2011, April 21). Human factors in information-age trade secret protection. Cornell HR Review. Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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