The business world is notoriously competitive and successful companies generally have unique products, services and skills that they can provide, as a result. In your company’s case, you may rely on unique methods, technologies, processes or recipes to maintain its foothold in the marketplace.
Unique information in the context of the aforementioned is often referred to as a trade secret. If your unique processes fell into the wrong hands, this would set your company back significantly. How can trade secrets be protected?
Limit access to the information
One of the first things you may want to consider is limiting access to your trade secrets. For example, is it really necessary for all staff members and clients to know your unique processes? Or, can you limit this information to senior and middle management only? The less people that know about your trade secrets, the less chance that this information will be leaked.
Utilize Non-Disclosure Agreements
Limiting access to trade secrets is just one method of protection. You’ll also want to consider how you can secure your sensitive information in the form of binding legal contracts. This is where Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) come into play. NDAs can be used for both your staff and other parties with which your company interacts. An NDA should clearly define the type of information that cannot be shared with outside parties. Not only will such agreements make clear the type of information that you do not want to share, but they can provide you with means to pursue legal recourse should a breach of sensitive information occur. For instance, the offending party could be held liable for damages suffered as a result of sharing sensitive information.
Identifying valid trade secrets and protecting them can be a complex undertaking, but it is certainly a worthwhile endeavor. We help businesses who are looking to protect their sensitive information.