Saturday, November 8, 2008

Combating Corporate and Industrial Espionage

Corporate espionage or industrial espionage is the act of illegal intelligence collection from a corporation, small business entity, executives, etc. Illegal intelligence collection methods can range from computer hacking, theft, intimidation, personnel impersonations, and last but not least...Electronic Eavesdropping or "bugging".

What intelligence are they collecting?
  • Intellectual property Intel
  • Patents Pending Intel
  • Pricing structures Intel
  • Customer Intel
  • Research and development Intel
  • Market Intel, etc.

How much spying actually happens in the real world?

What is interesting to note is that Corporate, Economic & Industrial Espionage is a multi billion dollar underground industry involving manufacture, sales, installation and monitoring with illegal electronic surveillance devices. This is according to current government estimates and is actually the tip of the iceberg. Click here to review the 2002 Report to Congress on Economic & Industrial Espionage 2002 was the last year that the U.S.Government even attempted to put a number on the combined costs of foreign and domestic economic espionage, including the theft of intellectual property.

"Calculating US losses from the technology outflow is difficult. Private estimates put the combined costs of foreign and domestic economic espionage, including the theft of intellectual property, as high as $300 billion per year and rising" (page vii key findings, 2002 Report to Congress on Economic & Industrial Espionage).

"There is every indication that efforts to acquire US economic and industrial secrets will only intensify and become more sophisticated over the next few years. US research and development programs ensure that state-of-the-art technology will continue to originate in the United States, and the openness of US society will make that technology a ready target to foreign countries
and companies".

If you don't have a Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) program in place, contact ComSec LLc in Virginia Beach, Virginia today at Ph: 757-615-7053 or Secure Ph/Fax: 866-535-0031, or visit us on the web @ . Click on the Secure Contact Link for a quote on TSCM-Bug Sweep services for your executive office or facility using a telephone or computer away from your area of concern.

*Please "DO NOT" contact us from any suspect room, phone or computer*

Stay Tuned...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great Article! Can't wait to read the next COMSEC post! A.J.