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Corporate Cybersecurity Realism: Managing Trade Secrets in a World Where Breaches Occur John Villasenor* August 2015 I. INTRODUCTION It would be an understatement to call trade secret cybersecurity a complex challenge. Trade secrets stored on company networks are ripe targets for cyber-intruders who have continuing access to new vulnerabilities via a robust global market for zero day exploits.1 When a company has hundreds or thousands of laptop computers; servers; tablets; and smartphones; all of the associated software; and employees with varying degrees of security awareness, how can it assure the security of economically valuable confidential information? The answer, unsurprisingly, is that it cannot. * John Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management at UCLA, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University Suggested citation: John Villasenor, “Corporate Cybersecur...