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Limiting knowledge of trade secrets

Keeping trade secrets safe is hard. Even with non-disclosure agreements and things of this nature, companies worry about their secrets getting out. In the world of the internet, once something escapes, it is hard or impossible to put a lid on it again.

One way that companies sometimes protect their secrets is simply by limiting the number of people that have access to them in the first place. If just 1% of your workforce has the knowledge to begin with, the odds are just far smaller that it is going to be leaked.

Perhaps the most famous example is a claim that Coca-Cola only has two employees that know how to make Coke. They alone know the recipe. These people are never in the same place at the same time. That way, if something tragic should befall one of them, the company doesn't lose the recipe.

Now, this is likely false, as the claim logically doesn't make much sense. The company is just too big and too many people must have access to things like product orders and the like. But, even if more than two people know the recipe, this story still shows how big corporations want to protect their secrets. They will do it in every way possible, and it often does work in the long run.

Regardless of the size of your company, this may be a tactic you want to consider if you're worried about information getting out. If it already has, you also need to know what legal options you have to protect your company moving forward.

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