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Kirk Nahra Comments on Insider Risks Following Stolen Trade Secrets 

Healthcare Info Security
May 18, 2016

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a article about a criminal case involving an engineer who was charged with stealing trade secrets while he worked at two U.S. medical device companies. The stolen data, allegedly used so that the man could start a firm in China, emphasizes the need for organizations to protect their intellectual property. 

“This is another example of insider risks that present enormous potential problems for companies in all industries,” said Mr. Nahra, who is not involved in the case. He added that “these [types of cases] can involve trade secrets/proprietary information or sensitive personal information.” 

Employees who need access to data to do their jobs can misuse this data in many different ways, noted Mr. Nahra. “Many companies do not pay enough attention to how they monitor employee data issues and generally do not pay enough attention to addressing these kinds of insider risks,” he said. 

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